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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

Members: 212
Latest Activity: Apr 30

WELCOME TO LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

The only requirement for joining this group is that you possess a modicum of interest in languages, etymology, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation. You do not have to be erudite or scholarly; you do not have to be a linguist or grammarian. You just have to have the desire to learn new things about language, or share the knowledge you possess.

The purpose of this group will be to help us explore the diversity of language, hone our grammar and spelling skills, understand correct word usage, expand our vocabulary, explore language and word history, and find new ways to communicate.

How we talk about things is equally important as what we talk about. Language is a part of our thinking, speaking, and writing; it is mind, tongue, and hand. It is about how we relate to other people and understand the world around us. It is communication and the exchange of ideas. It is learning, empathy, history, and politics. It can persuade, disarm, conquer, cajole, unnerve, offend, shame, enrich, encourage, inspire, destroy, or sustain. It is all these things and more.

However, the emphasis of LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is not on writing and publication. If you are interested in these topics, please join the group ATHEIST WRITERS. That does not mean that you cannot ask questions about writing here, it is just that we are not trying to compete with the well-established writer's group. I simply recommend that you use your best judgment and post your discussion in the group that best fits the topic.

The focus here will obviously be on the English language, but it is not restricted to English only. Topics can include correct spelling and grammar issues, etymology, vocabulary and usage, language history and lexicography, dialects and idioms, trivia, and resources such as books and websites.


Books & DVDs:
The Adventure of English (DVD)
The Bedford Handbook
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Fowler's Modern English Usage,
Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
Gossip, Grooming, and the Evolution of Language
Metaphors We Live By
Modern American Usage: A Guide
The Mother Tongue
The Mountain Man's Field Guide to Grammar
Origins
Philosophy in the Flesh
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language
The Story of Human Language
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
There's a Word for It


Other A|N groups of interest:

Nexus Book Club
Atheist Librarians
Athiest Writers


External Links:
Dictionary.com
Thesaurus.com
Reference.com
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
PrefixSuffix.com
DrMardy.com
DrGrammar.org
AskOxford.com
Common Errors in English
The Global Language Monitor
Guide to Grammar and Style
The Elements of Style
How to Speak and Write Correctly
World Wide Words
Online Etymology Dictionary
The Rosetta Project
The Phrontistery
Charles Harrington Elster

Discussion Forum

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 12. 71 Replies

Wandering Words

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2014. 5 Replies

One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Started by tom sarbeck Aug 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Emotionally loaded vowels

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 23, 2014. 2 Replies

Changes to word meanings.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Dogly Feb 7, 2014. 4 Replies

Typos and Other Sources of Humor

Started by Glenn Sogge. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 26, 2013. 162 Replies

Rape culture embedded in language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 8, 2013. 1 Reply

Txtng and the future of English

Started by Grinning Cat Mar 3, 2013. 0 Replies

Two layers of language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28, 2012. 1 Reply

What makes a memorable quote?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tony Carroll May 10, 2012. 4 Replies

Alternatives to Christian language?

Started by UUMom. Last reply by Sarah Walton Apr 7, 2012. 16 Replies

Culturomics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by A Former Member Apr 6, 2012. 1 Reply

English speakers click?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 29, 2012. 0 Replies

The advantage of ambiguity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Carl Pastor Feb 27, 2012. 5 Replies

HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK?

Started by Andrew Mylko. Last reply by A Former Member Dec 22, 2010. 1 Reply

Is our every day language religiously based?

Started by Natacha Girardot. Last reply by Natacha Girardot Sep 27, 2010. 2 Replies

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by Jaume on October 17, 2009 at 12:52pm
Interesting article (The Death of Language?) in this discussion.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 7, 2009 at 1:03pm
I don't know if it was a compliment but, as you say, it could easily be for those who like what is described. If the context is so important to the understanding, though, it would seem that learning the word outside of dictionary study would be problematic. How would one learn such opposite connotations purely from usage? If you ran across the word in several sources, how would you reconcile the feeling that one or the other use was probably (but based on limited evidence) incorrect?
Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 7, 2009 at 12:32pm
Don -- I don't have easy access to my OED right now but I seem to remember the history starting out with the 'copius' and 'plump' senses and then changing to the 'excessive' and 'nauseating' senses. In other words, it used to be a description to say 'fulsome female' but it has now become an insult.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 7, 2009 at 12:08pm
Thanks for the image tip. I have to change browsers to see such a menu bar while commenting. Anyway ...

Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 6, 2009 at 10:23pm
Just watching the Rachel Maddow show and she used the term "full-court press" in a manner that bothers me that I've been hearing for quite awhile now. The currently common usage uses the phrase to indicate something similar to an all out attack. Having grown up in the 50s and 60s, this has grated whenever I heard it because it seemed backwards. So, I just looked at the Wiki and it says, "A full-court press is a basketball term that refers to a defensive style in which the defense applies man-to-man or zone defense to pressure the offensive team the entire length of the court before and after the inbound pass." The term appeared around 1950.

I realize that language is always changing -- sometimes so much that word meanings flip 180 degrees ('fulsome' is one that comes to mind.) Have I missed the flip-flop on 'full-court press'?
Comment by Glenn Sogge on October 6, 2009 at 9:37pm
How does one insert a picture to upload? I'm obviously new here.
Comment by sacha on October 3, 2009 at 12:47am
One of my favourite words:
propinquity

In social psychology, propinquity (from Latin propinquitas, nearness) is one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people.
Propinquity can mean physical proximity, a kinship between people, or a similarity in nature between things.

nearness or proximity

propinquitās (Latin)

1. nearness, propinquity, proximity (in space or time)
2. (figuratively) connection, affinity, kindred, relationship (of people)
Comment by JayBarti on September 24, 2009 at 12:06pm
Congratulations Don...

Now I have more books to add to my amazon book purchase list. Third in there series you say...
Comment by Anwar Diamante on September 20, 2009 at 3:11pm
I think this group is great. I am a freshmen composition teacher. Obviously, I would want to master my own skills in the facets of grammar and elocution. Ironically, individuals don't realize just because your a teacher of english, does not mean you like or enjoy grammar.
Comment by Nicholas Temple-Smith on September 12, 2009 at 4:35pm
Seeing it at the top of the group's DVD list has reminded me about The Adventure of English, which I enjoyed so much when I saw it on TV a few years ago. I'd like to see to again, so I have just ordered the DVD from Amazon.
 

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