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Iele

Iele: Mysterious Romanian Fairies

July 31, 2020 6:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Rose Vane is once again our guest blogger. In this period of global pandemic, adventuresome travel is less available for many of us. So I’m reaching out to fellow writers and friends who live in wonderfully interesting places. Today we’re going to armchair travel to Romania and learn about iele.... read more

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

June 16, 2020 6:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English (AAVE) has a number of names, including Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied AAVE. They understand it not as a defective form of Standard English. Rather it is a variety of English in its own right. It has its own lexicon, grammar... read more

Colombia: A Rich Linguistic Experience

February 25, 2020 6:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Eva Michelle Wheeler is our guest blogger this week. She will take us on  a delightful linguistic journey through Colombia. Title image: Eve strolling through Comuna 13 in Medellín I chose Colombia as a travel destination. The vibrant culture and natural beauty drew me. Along with the food, the history,... read more

remoralize

Remoralize: A Word for 2020

January 7, 2020 6:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yesterday I heard the word ‘remoralize‘ for the first time in my life. Or, at least, I heard it as if it were the first time. A friend was talking about politics, in particular voting, and said that people needed to be remoralized. She then excused herself by saying, “I... read more

dictionaries

Dictionaries and the World of Lexicography

December 3, 2019 6:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Dictionaries: not the sexiest topic ever. Even the famous dictionary-maker Samuel Johnson, in the title quote, acknowledged himself to be a “harmless drudge.” Nevertheless, an article in the New York Times this past weekend has inspired me. It is Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting).... read more