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Is ‘news’ an acronym?

June 20, 2017

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This shouldn't be news to anyone that the word 'news' could ever be an acronym.

The longest known English word

June 13, 2017

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The longest known English word will surprise you because it's uncharacteristically shorter than many thought.

Lacka-lacka-lack: Lack of vs. lack in

November 22, 2016

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We lay down the score on the difference between 'lack of' and 'lack in.'

Time of the day

November 17, 2016

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Stop being ambiguous and call your time of the day a spade.

Didn’t do, or didn’t didn’t do?

August 6, 2015

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By the laws of the planets and logic, "didn't do nothing" means "did something." Only if you're language course is called "maths."

Origin of the name ‘grammar nazi’

May 10, 2015

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Everything you almost wanted to know about the name 'grammar nazi,' when my grammar is gooder than yours.

Why the stars in ‘bad’ words?

October 21, 2014

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Isn't it a bit hypocritical to use 'stars' to hide some letters in a foul word, when we all know what the word is anyway?

The height of control

May 23, 2014

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Are there any grammatically sound sentences in English where every word starts with the same letter?

Missing the point … again

December 14, 2013

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Learn to be easily blindsided by recourse to hidebound rules. Some lack of rules are meant for profit-taking, my friends.

The intellectual equivalent of a burst blood vessel

November 17, 2013

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Intellect has the reputation of being a good thing. Yet a high intellect doesn't seem to be a positive asset for some people, judging from what we could discern from one little Facebook escapade.

Pad, but think of your audience too

August 28, 2013

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Padding is necessary sometimes, but bear in mind WHY your readers are reading your stuff. (Some adult language in post.)

Nothing but a quimming linguanophile

July 3, 2013

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The newest entry in our Glossary is 'linguist,' we'll have you believe...

Cured ham curated here

June 23, 2013

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We aren't alone in noticing the job-title inflation about the word 'curator' today.

‘Ninja’ really is invisible ninja

June 12, 2013

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Probably the world’s only online explanation on the correct Chinese translation for the Japanese word "ninja."

The Economist: ‘Why so little Chinese in English?’

June 7, 2013

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The Economist asks why English has so little Chinese in it. I ask why Chinese has near-zero English. I think my question is more heavyweight than The Economist's.

Mr Moneybags, here are the men you’re looking for

April 10, 2013

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SEVERAL days ago my neighbour was looking for a heads-up on a couple of English phrases that have stumped him. Desperation was written all over his face. Here’s money in his pocket. My teenage neighbour is on the last nine yards of his decade-long school life now. I can relate to his feelings of desperation […]

You pay peanuts, you get … (A follow-up)

February 11, 2013

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It had to happen sooner or later, I suppose. On the first day of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Black Snake, no less), someone sent LEOS an email commenting off-site about our last post (“You pay peanuts, you get … a punch in the googlies,” 05 Feb 2013) that it was:— hard to […]

You pay peanuts, you get … a punch in the goolies

February 5, 2013

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THIS was originally a post on The Naked Listener’s Weblog, dated 25 March 2011. I thought it’s high time to revive this as a crosspost here because I’m seeing the same kind of stuff is on the rise again over the past fortnight or so. (Parts of the original post have been amended for clarity, […]

The Italian Job

January 24, 2013

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IT’S NOT OFTEN that I visit non-English-language websites, mainly because of a couple of personally embarrassing factors:— My French, German and Italian have become pathetic, to say the least. I’ve forgotten all my Lebanese Arabic (since Lebanese consider French to be a native tongue for them). I’ve never properly picked up Farsi anyway because my […]

Fail: Who’re you quoting anyway?

December 17, 2012

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CONSIDER this for a moment:— No names mentioned, but this newspaper is in an English-speaking country. It seems as if it’s quoting the tree, forcing the reader (even if momentarily) to do a double-take. It would’ve been better just to use the quotation as a blurb and be done with it. It’s a straightforward newspaper […]