LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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

Members: 215
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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

Wandering Words

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

Quotes on Language

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by James M. Martin Nov 27, 2014. 60 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

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 4, 2014. 38 Replies

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

Sex Symbols

Started by A Former Member May 26, 2013. 0 Replies

18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member May 7, 2013. 7 Replies

A Man of Many Words

Started by A Former Member May 7, 2013. 0 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

Who dunnit? The not-so-insignificant quirks of language

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 24, 2013. 8 Replies

Two layers of language

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

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Jan 5, 2013. 2 Replies

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

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

Comment Wall

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Comment by Amy Harvey on May 23, 2010 at 5:22pm
Hello. I would very much appreciate it if someone would kindly translate the following into standard English: Oi, man, innit, comin' out for a pissup, innit bro, mutha fucka, I'll cut yer up, mate, I'll cut yer!
Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2010 at 9:43am
Well, I can understand that. Some people aggrevate me so much I want to throw in the towel at times, too.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on May 10, 2010 at 9:41am
From my email conversation, I think the immediate frustration got the best of him that weekend. His new book sounds like it will be a good read when he gets if finished.
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 10, 2010 at 9:25am
Yeah, that's what I don't get. Just stay away for awhile. Change your settings so, you aren't getting updates. No need to delete the account.
Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2010 at 9:06am
I wish he hadn't deleted his account though. All his contributions are now gone.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on May 10, 2010 at 8:58am
I've been in contact with Don. He has a book to finish, and felt he needed to devote more time to it. May be back in the future.

I know a lot of people see Nexus as frippery, but I see it as a social networking/group organizing tool. It's owned and run by atheists, and site participation is free.
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on May 5, 2010 at 1:04am
He seemed to disappear in the middle of a lexinazi discussion about the definition of 'faith.' Don't know if it would be a post hoc ergo proctor hoc fallacy to connect the two - might be a coincidence. Maybe it's connected with finals coming up - he was teaching a couple of classes and might have had to cut himself off from the distraction? (total speculation.) Big loss to A|N - but this is a virtual pastime after-all.
Comment by A Former Member on May 3, 2010 at 8:44am
@Grundgetta: I sure don't know. He posted a discussion a few days ago, and last I spoke to him, he was doing well. He was nearly done with a new book. But yeah, now his account is gone. Wish I knew.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on May 3, 2010 at 7:43am
Does anyone know what happened to Don?
Comment by Jaume on April 30, 2010 at 7:13pm
Nah, I ain't.
 

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