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What does modern suburban shopping have to do with medieval armor? A lot, at least etymologically speaking.
Rebracketing occurs when an utterance is broken down and reassembled along the wrong lines, and has produced a number of English words, such as “mall.”
Naked itself is a very old word, deriving from a common Germanic form even before Old English evolved into a separate language.
These phrases mean the same thing. Are they both correct, or are the newspapers getting it wrong about half the time?
Revelers march and shout to the crowd during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, New York, Feb. 17.
There’s a whole industry that focuses on naming things in ways that will set up positive associations for consumers.
Though somewhat undistinguished as a bird, snipe has developed a surprisingly diverse set of meanings as an English word.
I was hearing “witch hunt” so often that a few weeks ago I experienced semantic satiation, in which repetition causes a phrase to lose meaning and be perceived as nothing but empty sounds.
Word of the Year 2018 selections provide a glimpse into the preoccupations of English-speakers.
Why is it overwhelmingly “Merry Christmas” in America, but “Happy Christmas” for many British people?
While researching medlars I discovered that there’s a wonderful old word, dating back to Shakespeare as well, that’s still employed by botanists to categorize fruit: climacteric.
Stress isn’t only important for proper pronunciation – sometimes it actually distinguishes the meaning of words.
A look at the achievements of linguist William Labov, who is a pioneer in the study of the sociocultural aspects of language.
Whatever the source of the word shark, it was contact with the Americas that brought the category to wide awareness in England.
The list of words that English has adopted from Native American languages could go on for hundreds of pages and include vocabulary in the spheres of technology, politics, and insult.
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