The Scandinavian influence on the English language is an interesting study in terms of vocabulary, syntax and grammar. The Influence of Scandinavians was more far widespread and intimate than later influences. This article is an in-depth study of various aspects that concern students of philology.
Those long-haired tree-huggers sure had a unique way of talking. Here are some excellent hippie words and phrases with descriptions of what they mean and examples for how to use them in conversation. Let your freak flag fly!
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 the dictionary.
From the depths of the "Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" comes another word of startling, and often haunting, poignancy: ellipsism.
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.
Which language do Belgians speak? It might surprise some, but the mothertongue of the Belgian population is not English, nor do most Belgians speak French. But what do they speak then? In this article, I will explain what Belgians do speak and why the Belgian language question is not that easy.
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?
The words affect and effect are often confused in the English language. Even native English speakers use the two words incorrectly . The difficulty lies 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.
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.
Building up your vocabulary skills does take a while, but is as simple as learning one new word every few days and then taking advantage of opportunities to use it.
Many times people use words interchangeably when a certain word would be more appropriate. Do you know when to use "envy," "jealousy," and "covetousness"?
Part three of the hard words trilogy, we cover another hard 50 you need to know plus another rigged quiz.
Read this fun compilation of useful words, some that you probably never heard or read. We have added a quiz at the end to reinforce your memory of the new words. Please enjoy yourself. We did.
4 common non-English words found in the English dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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…