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It’s not every day you discover a new word, or at least a new meaning for an old word. But when the Guardian asked its readers to contribute their favourite dialect words, it discovered not one, but two. “Webs” and … Continue reading
And another piece from the UK Guardian, here.
A review from the UK Guardian yesterday: “Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language – but also that ‘English is weird’”, available here.
To put the final (well, almost final) touches on my study of usage guides and usage problems, I decided to have one more survey, on the acceptability of –lily adverbs. These are words like cowardlily, ghastlily, heavenlily, livelily, lovelily, lowlily, manlily, mannerlily, … Continue reading
Anne Curzan (Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History, Cambridge University Press, 2014) has recently(?) launched an “English Grammar Boot Camp” with The Great Courses. This is “a thorough immersion in all of the key elements of English grammar and usage”, … Continue reading
The relevant entries from the OED are: I also had a look at Worcester’s dictionary, primarily to see if he had any citations. I’m not sure about the date, as the first twenty pages are missing, but these are the … Continue reading
Here’s a UK Guradina newspaper fluff piece for Harold Evans’ new book on writing dos and donts. He seems very confident!