How Greek Words Have Become Part of the English Language
You might not realise it but you use words of Greek origin every day. Over 150 thousand English words have their roots in the popular Koine Greek dialect and they feature in our lives.
Expanding Your Vocabulary: 50 Words on the Hardest Difficulty Level on Freerice
50 challenging words that most people don't know. This list is intended to help you learn new concepts.
How the Anglo-Saxons Created Today's English Language
You may not realize it, but we use Anglo-Saxon words every day when we speak and write English. The English language developed under the influence of German and Danish invaders and contains a dash of Celtic and a cornucopia of Latin words. Here's what you need to know.
Is Punctuation Dying? A Short History of the Period and Its Peers
Texting is changing the way we write and some experts believe this threatens the future of punctuation. Learn about the origins and modern relevance (or irrelevance) of the period, comma, semicolon, and more.
Scandinavian Influence on English Language: A Detailed Study of Vocabulary, Grammar and Syntax
The Scandinavian influence on the English language is an interesting study in terms of vocabulary, syntax and grammar. The impact was more widespread and intimate than later influences. This article is an in-depth study of various aspects that concern students of philology.
Hippie Words, Quotes, and Phrases (or How to Talk Like a Hippie!)
Those long-haired tree-huggers sure had a unique way of talking. Here are some excellent hippie words, phrases and slang with descriptions of what they mean and examples for how to use these terms in conversation. Let your freak flag fly!
The Creation of New Words, or Neologisms
New words and phrases, called neologisms, are added to the English language at the rate of roughly three per day. This article discusses how and why new words are created and what it takes for them to officially land in dictionaries.
Ellipsism: The Melancholy of Missing Out on the Future
Interested in obscure sad words? Read on for another great one. What does From the depths of the "Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" comes another word of startling, and often haunting, poignancy: ellipsism. What does it mean?
Analysis of Poem Mowing by Robert Frost
Robert Frost's Mowing, a sonnet, focuses on the simple act of mowing grass with a scythe and how working the land naturally is reward enough. Imagery, metaphor and full rhyme combine to produce a classic Frost poem, full of plain language yet with hidden meaning and his own brand of folk wisdom.
'Ride or Die': Original Meaning and What It Means Today
It is amazing how the same phrase meant one thing long ago and means something else today. The phrase "ride or die" is one of those phrases. You might know what it means today, but do you know what it meant originally?
What Is the Difference Between Affect and Effect?
The words affect and effect are often confused in the English language. Even native English speakers use the two words incorrectly. The difficulty lies in that both sound similar and both can be used as nouns and verbs. Here I discuss the differences between affect and effect and how to use them.
50 Nautical Terms and Sailing Phrases That Have Enriched Our Language
Seafaring has resulted in the development of a rich wealth of phrases and terms over the centuries, and many of these snippets of language are now incorporated into our everyday vocabulary—often without us realising where they originated. Enjoy these 50 nautical phrases coined by seafarers.
My Big Fat Greek Vocabulary
Learning Greek? If you speak English, you know more than you think already. English is a fascinating cocktail of other languages, both modern and ancient. In this article, I take a light-hearted look at the how the world of ancient Greece affects our vocabulary today.
Envy, Jealousy, or Covetousness: What Is the Difference?
Many times people use words interchangeably when a certain word would be more appropriate. Do you know when to use "envy," "jealousy," and "covetousness"?
The Midwest Accent Explained (With Slang and Examples)
"Ope" is a phrase that supposedly exists only in the Midwest. Here, we examine usages of this phrase, the Midwest accent, and slang from the Midwest.
10 Common English Idioms and Their Surprising Origins.
The English language abounds with expressions that have been in common usage for so long that everyone knows exactly what they mean. Known as idioms, many of these expressions have surprising origins.
Lexical Relations: Describing Similarities in the English Language
English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, with complex rules that have many exceptions. This article focuses on terms used to describe categories of word that share a common feature.
American vs British Accents, Dialects and Languages
Brief comparison between British and American English; then an overview of various native languages, dialects and accents in Britain to highlight the language diversity in UK compared to the USA.
What You Need to Know About Learning a Foreign Language Online
As a professional online English teacher who is currently studying Spanish, I understand the ins-and-outs of efficient and inexpensive online language programs. Here is what you need to know…