Tag Archives: vocabulary

What’s good and what’s not so good

Hoo boy. I know it’s been too long since I wrote anything. That’s the trouble with families: visitors from overseas (so much fun) and others interstate. Anyway, enough of my excuses; I’m back now, so here goes. Recently I started … Continue reading

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Words: use of

Resource, resources, resourceful Here I go again; another bit of high horsing. Resource (noun). A source of support, supply, or aid. 1640-50; French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun derivative of resourdre to rise up. Latin resurgere, equivalent to re- re- … Continue reading

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You say potato, I say potato

I wonder often about pronunciation. Yes, only other word-nerds will probably understand and appreciate my obsession with things linguistic. Recently a friend sent me this link: https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-english-so-weirdly-different-from-other-languages. The article is quite long, so here’s a little taster. Clip on a … Continue reading

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Old Habits Die Hard

Those of you kind enough to read my blog know I usually happily and willingly witter on about words and language, and you know how much it fascinates me. This article is along a similar vein, in that it deals—albeit … Continue reading

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Rhymes times English equals incomprehension

Recently I saw a limerick on a Facebook page. It goes something like this: A gentleman farmer from Slough Attached his horse to a plough. The spavined old beast Abruptly deceased So he fixed the plough to his cough. If English … Continue reading

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The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker

If you ever saw the gruesome Reservoir Dogs (well, it is made by Quentin Tarantino) you will recall the characters’ pseudonyms were: Mr Blonde, Mr Blue, Mr Brown, Mr Orange, Mr Pink, and Mr White. This got me thinking (sometimes … Continue reading

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GINGERS

While watching the AFL on Anzac Day (as you do/should) I noticed there were at least two redheads playing. Got me thinking about ginger. Ginger, the rhizome, is not the colour ginger to my mind (or eye). We have loads … Continue reading

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Lorn (no, not lawn)

Lorn: from the Old English lēosan (no, I have no idea how it should be pronounced) through Middle English lese to the word we use now. On its own it means forsaken, desolate, bereft. It’s archaic meaning: lost, ruined, undone. … Continue reading

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Milling, dogs, and other animals

Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been very slack, very remiss; haven’t posted for a while. Blame it on Bluesfest, why don’t you. I am still reminiscing… Anyway, here we go. Soon my conscience will be assuaged! The word ‘mill’ comes from … Continue reading

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Stuff word-nerds like

It’s compound nouns’ turn today. Something the other day—I have no idea what it was—sparked a need to research some of these delights. Only a few, mind you, there are gazillions out there. Slapdash. It appears to have been coined … Continue reading

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