Monday, May 12, 2008

Criticism is only words about words, and of what use are words about such words as these?


I found this at Quoteland, a site (new to me) that promises to be helpful and hilarious!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

This Word is Really Fun to Say


By the way I learned this word from Dr. Thursday's Talk at the Chesterton Confrence last year.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Free Rice

Ameliorate your vocabulary, donate rice to the poor, check it out.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I Am Exceedingly Amused by This...

(especially given the small amount of information actually included in this blog)

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A Basic Chaucer Glossary

I thought some of you (that is, anyone who might ever happen upon this blog) might enjoy this link.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Laugh at yourself

"Again, Mr. Micawber had a relish in this formal piling up of words, which, however ludicrously displayed in his case, was, I must say, not at all peculiar to him. I have observed it, in the course of my life, in numbers of men. It seems to be a general rule. In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle. We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannize over them too; we are fond of having a large, superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well. As we are not particular about the the meaning of our liveries on state occasions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them. And as individuals get into trouble by making too great a show of liveries, or as slaves when they are too numerous rise against their masters, so I think I could mention a nation that has got into many great difficulties, and will get into many greater, from maintaining too large a retinue of words."
~David Copperfield, Dickens

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For the Word Nerds, from Dr. Thursday

What are the "control" words - the words of command - by which one
a HORSE what to do?

From "general knowledge" one usually comes to know that
Giddyap means "get moving" (= get thee up)
Whoa means "stop"
but are there others, like, turn left, or right, or backup, etc???

If this seems too easy - what are these words in other languages? (In
particular I would be curious about their Latin and Greek equivalents.)