John Gordon Ross

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Language Stuff

Almost everyone uses language, so inevitably almost everyone thinks they are an expert in it. I don’t consider myself an expert, though most of my work requires at least language competence and sometimes actual skill, but I do follow the blogs featured on this feeds page.

(If you are wondering where the translation-related feeds have all gone, I have put them on their own page.)

Most of the blogs represented here are in English, most of the time, but don’t be surprised to find other languages used. Go with the flow – I occasionally find myself pleasantly surprised at how much I can grasp in languages I have never seen before.

Language On the Net

Wordorigins.org » cyclone

Thursday 31 August 15:32:20 UTC 2017

Cyclone, a noun meaning a wind storm that revolves around a center of low pressure, has a somewhat interesting etymology in that it is a modern coinage using ancient roots. It is also one of those rare words that we can pinpoint its precise origin, a situation somewhat more common with scientific and technical terms. Cyclone was coined in 1848 … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Exclamation pants

Thursday 31 August 8:00:00 UTC 2017

What happens in one's pants when they see something sexy and aren't afraid to hide it. Seeing that foxy girl turned my trousers into exclamation pants. [Link]

languagehat.com » The World at One.

Thursday 31 August 0:32:42 UTC 2017

I love discovering new poets who give me the same kind of thrill as my old favorites, and the latest is Kate Bingham, whose “The World at One” was published in the New Statesman last year: I lie in bed until The World at One, why should my heart go off with an alarm? The body’s woman’s work is never … [Link]

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