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: Feb 6

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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

25 Language Song

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Chris Jan 25. 1 Reply

Language as a Tool of State Repression

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 9. 0 Replies

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 1, 2017. 91 Replies

Fun with English adjective order

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Eviscerating Language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 17, 2017. 3 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 15, 2018 at 7:14am

I don't know, Spud. Perhaps it's because I don't like "suck". Sounds vulgar.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2018 at 10:55am

I like the word succulent.  Randy, do you have a reason you can share as to why you don't like it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2018 at 10:53am

Canoodling is another of my favorite words.  Sometimes spelled Knoodling.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 7:36am

Interesting, Randy. The Brits use fancy as a verb meaning like or favor. Used to work at a Brit language institute in a smaller town in Portugal, and there was a rather, uh, sultry lady who worked there. She regularly used the expression Would you fancy a shag? She was quite the boozer too. One time she woke up in the local hospital. Turned out she'd passed out on the street and been taken there. She got up and left. When my hubby and I encountered her on the way to work next morning she was if you'll pardon the expression shitting her pants because she had two English classes full of doctors.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 12, 2018 at 7:17am

Fun stuff here. One of my unfavorite words is succulent. 

Bertold, may I remind you of my Dec.  6 comment on the phrase "tickle your fancy".

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 11, 2018 at 9:24pm

Or, the implications of switching two letters in certain words:

— marital, martial (warlike marriages?)

— prenatal, parental (with time, things change)

— incest, nicest (tain’t so).6

In how many other words, does switching letters have consequences?

Comment by Sean Murphy on January 11, 2018 at 9:18pm

"Wankel-Rotary Engine".

(In all fairness, I know exactly why *this* name tickles me.)

Also "Archantidisestablishmentarianism", "Troglodyte", and "Cephalopod".

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 11, 2018 at 3:41pm

Bertold, bilge and besmirch tickle me also.  Another one is:

brouhaha

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2018 at 3:35pm

Anyone else notice there are certain words that for some reason (maybe nothing to do with their meaning even) just seem to tickle your fancy? . Some of mine are

bilge

besmirch

squalid

Comment by Sean Murphy on January 11, 2018 at 12:13pm

Funny, I remember reading books that revealed that same insight back in the 70s. I guess everything old really is new again!

Uh oh! This topic is making me nostalgic - quick, what was the cure for this deadly malady again?

 

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