LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

Members: 211
Latest Activity: Dec 9

WELCOME TO LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

The only requirement for joining this group is that you possess a modicum of interest in languages, etymology, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation. You do not have to be erudite or scholarly; you do not have to be a linguist or grammarian. You just have to have the desire to learn new things about language, or share the knowledge you possess.

The purpose of this group will be to help us explore the diversity of language, hone our grammar and spelling skills, understand correct word usage, expand our vocabulary, explore language and word history, and find new ways to communicate.

How we talk about things is equally important as what we talk about. Language is a part of our thinking, speaking, and writing; it is mind, tongue, and hand. It is about how we relate to other people and understand the world around us. It is communication and the exchange of ideas. It is learning, empathy, history, and politics. It can persuade, disarm, conquer, cajole, unnerve, offend, shame, enrich, encourage, inspire, destroy, or sustain. It is all these things and more.

However, the emphasis of LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is not on writing and publication. If you are interested in these topics, please join the group ATHEIST WRITERS. That does not mean that you cannot ask questions about writing here, it is just that we are not trying to compete with the well-established writer's group. I simply recommend that you use your best judgment and post your discussion in the group that best fits the topic.

The focus here will obviously be on the English language, but it is not restricted to English only. Topics can include correct spelling and grammar issues, etymology, vocabulary and usage, language history and lexicography, dialects and idioms, trivia, and resources such as books and websites.


Books & DVDs:
The Adventure of English (DVD)
The Bedford Handbook
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Fowler's Modern English Usage,
Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
Gossip, Grooming, and the Evolution of Language
Metaphors We Live By
Modern American Usage: A Guide
The Mother Tongue
The Mountain Man's Field Guide to Grammar
Origins
Philosophy in the Flesh
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language
The Story of Human Language
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
There's a Word for It


Other A|N groups of interest:

Nexus Book Club
Atheist Librarians
Athiest Writers


External Links:
Dictionary.com
Thesaurus.com
Reference.com
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
PrefixSuffix.com
DrMardy.com
DrGrammar.org
AskOxford.com
Common Errors in English
The Global Language Monitor
Guide to Grammar and Style
The Elements of Style
How to Speak and Write Correctly
World Wide Words
Online Etymology Dictionary
The Rosetta Project
The Phrontistery
Charles Harrington Elster

Discussion Forum

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 1. 91 Replies

Fun with English adjective order

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 6. 3 Replies

Eviscerating Language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 17. 3 Replies

25 Language Song

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 2, 2016. 0 Replies

Not face = universal language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Pronouns for Gender Fluidity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Kelly Jan 13, 2016. 1 Reply

Pronouns for Gender Fluidity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 13, 2016. 0 Replies

Enlightenment words.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Plinius Sep 17, 2015. 2 Replies

Wandering Words

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2014. 5 Replies

One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Started by tom sarbeck Aug 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Emotionally loaded vowels

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 23, 2014. 2 Replies

Changes to word meanings.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Dogly Feb 7, 2014. 4 Replies

Typos and Other Sources of Humor

Started by Glenn Sogge. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 26, 2013. 162 Replies

Rape culture embedded in language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 8, 2013. 1 Reply

Txtng and the future of English

Started by Grinning Cat Mar 3, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Timo Ostrander on November 17, 2009 at 7:58am
Your point is duly noted, Don, and I'm sure you fit into the latter group you describe. My experience has been a bit different.
Comment by Timo Ostrander on November 16, 2009 at 10:41pm
Don't worry, Glenn. I like to play with words too. And Don, your knowledge astounds. I do not disdain grammar. After all, without it we wouldn't make sense. Many grammarians I have encountered, however, do not account well for the evolution of the language currently in action. They may acknowledge its evolution in the past but refuse to allow the language to develop further by holding staunchly to their rules. I will not group you with such people.
Comment by It's just Matt on November 16, 2009 at 1:15pm
Thank you,Don, for the origins of that recommendation turned rule. I was also taught, about ten years ago, that ending a sentence in a preposition was a big no-no. I recall having great difficulty in try to re-arrange my questions so I could adhere to that recommendation. I am glad that it did not become a rule for MLA format, with everything else they require, that would be just cruel.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on November 16, 2009 at 8:14am
Welcome, Timo! We'll try to play nice. (But be forewarned that we do like playing--especially with words :-)
Comment by Timo Ostrander on November 16, 2009 at 8:04am
Hi, there. I love language, words and poetry. My grammar is above average though I'm sure (judging by my quick perusal of posts in this group) that some of you may take issue with some line or utterance of mine (including this one). Beware, oh sticklers of style! I will defend myself.

Basically I couldn't care less about rules some grammarian wrote down. How do they account for the changing, evolving nature of language? I care more about communication, clarity and the raw beauty of the language more than whether I should end a sentence with a preposition or not.
Comment by Jaume on November 4, 2009 at 9:29am
Don: This is definitely a challenge for students of English.

Oooooh yes. I still spend too much time googling for phrasal verbs sentences before posting here :(
Comment by Glenn Sogge on November 1, 2009 at 4:40pm
-> Don, now you've put an image in my head I really don't need!!
Comment by Glenn Sogge on November 1, 2009 at 3:22pm
Hemant over at Friendly Atheist has a nice little piece on the importance of comma placement and style. Since it involves a style choice, not a typo, I'm putting it here but it is definitely humorous.

An Argument In Defense of the Serial Comma
Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 27, 2009 at 6:16pm
DG -- I see a very subtle difference that makes them both correct depending upon what you want to say. The "by" construction feels like ancient history is doing something to me -- like a child mesmerized by Elmo on DVD (to use the example of a 1-year old from a couple of hours ago.) The "with" construction implies a more participatory interaction.

Watchers of the History Channel are fascinated by the ancient history explained by the archeologists who are fascinated with the ancient history they are digging up.
Comment by Anwar Diamante on October 17, 2009 at 5:46pm
I love the "Grammar Nerd" sticker!!!!
 

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