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 […]
Book review – An Irishman’s Difficulties with the Dutch Language
Title: An Irishman’s Difficulties with the Dutch Language Author: N.A Cuey-na-Gael Genre: Language, humour Rating: This book had me in tears and stitches more than once. I acquired it through the Gutenberg Project and was curious about it as it was written in the beginning of the 20th century. Let me first say that this book […]
The bilingual story of Sebastian
Dear reader, As I mentioned before in this post, I have started writing a story in two languages simultaneously. Time has progressed, and so has the story. Both stories are on chapter 35 so far and have grown to over 81,000 words each. To my unrelenting surprise the difference in word-counts is still something to […]
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 […]