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

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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
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:
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
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


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


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 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 Stephen Moore on September 15, 2009 at 1:40am
Members of this group may be interested in this topic over at the A|N Forum's Water Cooler.
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.
Comment by Nicholas Temple-Smith on September 12, 2009 at 4:23pm
I'm delighted to join this group!
Comment by Stephen Moore on September 9, 2009 at 10:23pm
"How much wood would a groundhog chuck if a groundhog could chuck wood?" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Comment by Jaume on August 22, 2009 at 4:49pm
You could have added thesaurus to your list.
Comment by It's just Matt on August 14, 2009 at 6:35pm
If anyone is interested and does not care about piracy, I have a very good speed reading program (EyeQ) that I can transfer via instant messenger. I have AIM,YIM, and Windows messenger, let me know if you are interested.

Note: The reviews on Amazon are not favorable mainly because the American company that has rights to this Japanese program has horrible customer service. IE damaged discs, discs never came, people charged for discs they never if you are interested but your moral compass is sitting on the fence, they have screwed more people over than a few users not paying the overpriced amount of 200 US for their program.
Comment by Jared Lardo on August 13, 2009 at 11:09am
So, Don, are you saying that "He is hungrier than me." is wrong?

And "actual reality" has no meaning in this discussion. I've just got to say that this is alarming to me. Grammar is totally real.
Comment by Jared Lardo on August 13, 2009 at 10:19am
Don, this brings back memories of high school English classes. I think this issue came up then, too. It seemed like pretentiousness back then and it still seems that way now. Presenting the example "My husband likes football better than [he likes] me." united for me the uses of objective and nominative pronouns behind "than" under one theory. Although it still seems an obscenely roundabout way to look at it.

What about "He's hungrier than me."? I can see it being declared an incorrect use of "than" and given, reformatted for consistency with the theory, as "He's hungrier than I [am].", but that draws up my pretensiondar again. With regard to phrasings such as these, the solution closest to actual reality still appears to me to be that "than" is a preposition in certain situations.

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