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: Oct 27

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 Oct 27. 89 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

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2017 at 7:23am

This is from a mailing I recently received promoting a new local restaurant called "Gyro Factory". Where's spellcheck when needed?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2017 at 12:16am

Tom, I remember how startled I was when I first saw the word, embiggen" in a comment by Grinning Cat. I looked it up; 

"embiggen (third-person singular simple present embiggens, present participle embiggening, simple past and past participle embiggened)

  1. (nonstandard, nowadays jocular) To enlarge or grow; to make or become bigger. quotation: '
  2. Synonyms: swell, aggrandize, bigger, enlarge
    Antonyms: ensmallen, debigulate, shrink, diminish, contract, belittle"
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2017 at 11:17pm

Grinning Cat, that is FUNNY!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2017 at 10:58pm

”It seems to me sometimes that I am no more than an old moron and understand nothing, because otherwise I must allow for such loathsomeness…Silence!” he roared, and again the oldsters started and smiled."
— Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading, 1935-6 (1959)

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 6, 2017 at 10:55pm

Tom, "cant" and "wont" (without apostrophes) are already in use as words. (Though folks dropping apostrophes won't care. To them I say, hit the grocery stores first!)

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 6, 2017 at 10:31pm
Keep in mind that a prime directive of young folks is to exclude elders from their community.

How better to do this than with terms such as "embiggen"?
Comment by Sean Murphy on October 6, 2017 at 9:21pm

I haven't seen that predicted, but it is a logical extension of ongoing trends.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 6, 2017 at 9:09pm
If someone else hasnt already predicted that we will soon easily use forms such as cant, dont, wont, et cetera, and even aint, Im predicting it now.
Comment by Sean Murphy on August 26, 2017 at 9:41pm

Hilarious Grinning Cat! I almost missed it because my brain does an Auto-Correct thing if I read too quickly...

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 3:53pm

Thanks, Ruth, for sharing the explanation of the racist right's pathetic "cuck" insults. Unfortunately, with tRump, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka in the White House, the "alt-right" no longer "has less political influence than a wet tissue."

On the insults themselves, David Bell is right correct to write, "To put it in perspective, imagine if someone angrily called you a 'twiganus,' and then explained that it's a fantasy creature they made up which enjoys taking showers. The fact that they think that's an insult says way worse things about them than you."

(And Chris, Words on the Move sounds like it's worth checking out!)

Speaking of sex and language, I saw this quip online:

I'd rather cuddle then have sex.
If you're good with grammar, you'll understand.

 

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