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Another grammar complaint

  It used to be I could tell by its bad grammar and spelling that an email was "junk." Now, even "legitimate" emails often fail the grammar test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me sad.... read more

This week's literacy rant

  OK, people, the word is "led" not "lead" unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed jou... read more

Lingmo language translator

Wow, I want one of these! Real-time ... read more

Dolphins [may] speak in holographic language

  Very cool! via scientists-reveal-that-dolphins-speak-in-a-holographic-language UPDATE:The commenters are mostly unconvinced.... read more

Her own language

  I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she wa... read more

Musical sign language interpreters

  That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious. We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interpreters will be at this weeks show.. and it is... t.coiH6xl... read more

Mystery solved

  I solved an old mystery today, thanks to one of the Russian language podcasts I've been listening to lately. It's a phase I'm going through. I'm starting to listen to Hindi, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese, too. I guess I'm doing all of the "... read more


   names in their own tongue and script, via names in their own tongue and script The table ... shows nativelocal names for languages in their own scripts, or autoglottonyms. You can click on the language names that are links to hear how they are... read more


  . Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from actual articles on the internet.And they actually provide an answer to links like the one above. claims to be the most compre... read more


  (DING-kuhm) , also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective True; honest; genuine. Etymology Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word dinkum or dincum meaning "work; a f... read more


  (par-si-MO-nee-uhs) adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal. Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598. Usage "President Calvin Coolidge was so parsimonious with words that he... read more

Lesson for today

  There is an old hotelpub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard, who wo... read more

Award-winning English prose

  Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year... read more

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