Weird wordification. You’ll want.
Dear reader, Today’s wordification talks about the gentle care that many users of the English language display when addressing something that you want. Most of the time you don’t even know that you want it, but they’ll point you to it. It’s a mode of expressing that I have mostly encountered in North America. The […]
Weird wordification. Old skool.
Dear reader, Welcome to another post in Weird wordification. This time I want to talk about something real that’s really not so real as it might look. Probably everyone has heard the expression Old Skool. A reference to days gone by where walkmans (MP3-players with cassettes) ruled the street view. When there only were dumb phones with smart users […]
Weird wordification – Ranch Dressing.
Dear reader, You may know my habit of doing odd things with words. Today I had an encounter with an expression that probably every American citizen has encountered (and many more people around the world as well). Ranch dressing. These words appeared with someone holding a bowl. Immediately I wondered if that one bowl […]
Anyway… or thereabouts
Dear Reader, I saw something horrible. Even to this moment I’m not certain how I found out what it actually means. Let me show you: Can you see, at first glance, what’s meant here? If so, you are better at deciphering mutilated language than I am. Who needs it an-y-way. This clearly is an attempt […]
I write like…
Dear reader, There is an fun website out there which tries to compare a person’s writing to that of famous writers. I gave it a shot with an excerpt from the latest part of Hilda 10 that I had written, and this came out of its analysis: I write like Cory Doctorow I Write Like […]
The Slang Dictionary from 1874
Dear Reader, As you may know by now I am fond of language and languages. On Ebook-Friendly I have discovered this little gem I really want to share with you: The Slang Dictionary from 1874 is hilarious (and you can download it for free) Do you know what “pin” is according to slang dictionary from […]
15 most unbelievable words
Dear reader, Do you sometimes wonder about words? Yes? Welcome to the club. No? Prepare to enter the club. Grammar.net once prepared a list with 15 unbelievable words in English. Here is the list: Agerasia (n.) A lack of the signs of old ages; a youthful old age “The agerasia of that fellow is amazing; […]
What is remarkable about this sentence?
“I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly, perplexing, handwriting nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intelectuality counterbalancing indecipherability transcendentalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness.” What is it about this twenty-word sentence that marks it out from the ordinary? No, there’s something other than the fact that it makes some sort of sense and the original writer had a remarkable […]
One book, two languages
Dear reader, I am venturing into an experiment. Through a series of events I had an idea for a new story. (Reminder to events: kindly stop eventing for a while, my box with story-ideas is still overflowing. Thank you.) One of the events is co-writing a story with a friend. As she is Dutch and […]
Mind your words
Dear reader, Have you ever noticed how much some words can sound alike and have a different meaning? It is surprising to me how many people have problems distinguishing between certain words. For instance affect and effect. Quite often I encounter bits of text (even in edited books) where these two words are mixed up. It didn’t effect […]