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: Oct 2

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

One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Started by Tom Sarbeck Aug 7. 0 Replies

Emotionally loaded vowels

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

Decline in writing accuracy.

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

Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

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

Changes to word meanings.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Dogly Feb 7. 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

How does Our Language Shape the Way We Think?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 7, 2012. 27 Replies

A brief history of four letter words

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

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by A Former Member on September 21, 2009 at 11:26am


I stole this from A|N member Pete, who I don't believe is a member of this group. Too funny.
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 A Former Member on September 12, 2009 at 4:50pm
@Nicholas: Yes, I'm glad JayBarti told me about that. I requested it from interlibrary loan, and it is already on its way (in my queue). I can't wait to start watching it.
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 A Former Member on September 10, 2009 at 2:59pm
Question of the day, from Dictionary.com:

Q: What is the difference between a vegetable and a fruit?

A: A fruit is actually the sweet, ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant. A vegetable, in contrast, is an herbaceous plant cultivated for an edible part (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, tubers, or nonsweet fruits). So, to be really nitpicky, a fruit could be a vegetable, but a vegetable could not be a fruit. When you go to the grocery store, fruits are those items regarded as those not used in salads and not generally intended for cooking. So, tomatoes are in the vegetable section because of the way they are used (cooked and in salads).
Comment by A Former Member on September 10, 2009 at 9:12am
...of powdered donuts and Budweiser.

This might be a hit on THE KNIFE & FORK. What do you think?
Comment by A Former Member on September 10, 2009 at 8:44am
@Stephen: Yeah, but "groundhog" still works better than "whistle pig."
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.
 

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