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

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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
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:
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 6:31am

From Book TV.

December 7, 2016

Words on the Move Professor John McWhorter talked about his book Wo..., in which he examines how language and word meanings change over time.

This program contains language that some viewers may find offensive.

Comment by Sean Murphy on January 23, 2017 at 6:42pm

Wow. I knew the alt right were sad and pathetic, but this? Wow. Just... wow.


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2017 at 5:39pm

A Quick Guide To The Hilarious Language Of The Alt-Right

Cracked explains White Nationalist troll language, "beta cuck ".

...maybe ... you've noticed that the words are popping up all over message boards and websites like fetid, vaguely insulting mushrooms.

The concept of an "alpha" and "beta" is based on a study of male wolves which theorized a pecking order to each pack. In the mid-2000s, the terminology was popularized by professional pickup artists teaching insecure men (or "betas") how to lay women using a series of transparent tricks and manipulation techniques. In other words, it was a way to justify being an asshole by believing it was within your nature to be dominant.

The original study has since been deemed flawed because it was observing male wolves that were forced to socialize in captivity. In other words, this entire philosophy of masculinity is hilariously based off of wolf prison rules.

Cuck stands for "cuckold," which is defined as the husband of an adulterous wife. Often, it is a sexual fetish involving men who get off on watching their girlfriends/wives with other men, with their consent. Meaning that calling someone a "cuckold" is basically accusing them of enjoying sex in a very specific, totally legal, and perfectly fine way.

Combined with "beta," you're essentially calling someone a wolf "prison bitch" with an eccentric fetish.

So Wait ... Why Are These Insults?

Because the people using these phrases think that the worst thing a man can be is sexually or socially submissive in any way. Back in reality, being sexually open and respectful of people -- as well as occasionally compromising -- is how normal men function in a working society.

Should I Feel Bad For Not Knowing This?

No. These phrases are part of coded language for a fringe group of people now bleeding into the mainstream -- mostly members of the alt-right movement repurposing the terms as an insult toward moderate Republicans.

But because they are so far removed from normal human thought, it's nearly impossible for an average person to feel instinctively insulted by hearing the phrase.

Their language is so exclusive and ineffective that it's basically meaningless to the general public.

These people have established a fake reality based on personal shame and misinformation about masculinity, and are insulting you based on the rules of that tragic little world. 

The fact that they think that's an insult says way worse things about them than you.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2016 at 11:28am

In the face of such trumpery, the Donald deserves to be TRUMPED!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2016 at 11:10am

Good one G Cat.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 14, 2016 at 3:10am

Trumpery. So very appropriate.

If Trump's bizarreries, seeing conspiracies everywhere and attacking everyone, are not due to a brain tumor, are they hereditary?

If I knew how to do genealogy I might look up his ancestors and see if their behaviors inspired someone to apply the word.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2016 at 12:41am


Comment by Grinning Cat on October 13, 2016 at 4:14pm

English is an amazingly prescient language! A term used 150 years before the British colonization of the Americas turns out to be eerily relevant to the U.S. presidential campaign here in 2016!

(newspaper clipping with letters to the editor) PRESCIENT LANGUAGE - Who would have thought English was such a prescient language? The Oxford English Dictionary tells me the word “trumpery”, first used in 1456, means “deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery”. How could it have known in advance? - Geoff Holden, Carnegie

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 10, 2015 at 6:18pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2015 at 2:13pm


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