Sunday Jun 23rd, 2013

When in Rome, swear as the Romans do

What’s the meaning of the word irrumatio? In Ancient Rome, to threaten another individual with irrumatio qualified as one of the highest offenses, topping off a list of seemingly frivolous obscenities that — needless to say — did not survive into the modern era. read more »

Wednesday Jul 16th, 2014

Living in a buzzworld

Anatoly Liberman on euphemisms
Thursday Jun 12th, 2014

Eighteenth-century soldiers’ slang: “Hot Stuff” and the British Army

“Hot stuff” more than 200 years before Donna Summer
Monday May 26th, 2014

What is English?

A video interview with Tim Machan
Saturday May 24th, 2014

Kotodama: the multi-faced Japanese myth of the spirit of language

Naoko Hosokawa on the myth of kotodama in Japanese culture
Wednesday
May 7th, 2014

Casting a last spell: After Skeat and Bradley

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Wednesday
Apr 2nd, 2014

Etymology as a profession

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Sunday
Mar 9th, 2014

Jane Austen and the art of letter writing

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Thursday
Feb 20th, 2014

What does he mean by ‘I love you?’

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Monday
Feb 17th, 2014

How the Humanities changed the world

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Sunday
Feb 16th, 2014

Thinking about the mind: an anti-linguistic turn

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Wednesday
Jan 22nd, 2014

Whoa, or “the road we rode”

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Sunday
Nov 24th, 2013

Buzzword shaming

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Thursday
Nov 21st, 2013

Edwin Battistella’s Word of the Year Fantasy League

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Wednesday
Nov 20th, 2013

Language history leading to ‘selfie’

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