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  • We all know how important knowing the perfect word to use at just the right time can be, but can you use these meta-linguistic words? Read on to learn a few handy words-on-words and get smarter.

    40 Words About Words: How Many Do You Know?

    40 Words About Words: How Many Do You Know?

    by Richard Green2

  • It may surprise many people to learn that most Cajuns under the age of 50 don't speak French; even those who do don't usually speak it as their first language. However, almost all of us grow up speaking some French, and our vocabulary is full of...

    How to Speak Cajun English (Or at Least Understand It)

    How to Speak Cajun English (Or at Least Understand It)

    by ckadyarc68

  • Tortured translations of local languages into English cause hilarity for tourists and embarrassment for hosts; but, it works the other way round too.

    Mangled English Translations

    Mangled English Translations

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • Of the world’s approximately 6,000 languages, English is said to be one of the easier ones to learn despite its idiosyncrasies of spelling and pronunciation.

    The Oddities of English and Other Languages

    The Oddities of English and Other Languages

    by Rupert Taylor3

  • Ahhh, isn't love grand? Yes, it is. But do you know where the most famous love idioms and phrases originated from? The Bible? History? Medical Studies? Yes, that's where they come from!

    Origins of Romantic Idioms and Phrases

    Origins of Romantic Idioms and Phrases

    by Autumn5

  • A brief look at language study and grammar, including traditional types of grammars and universal grammar as seen by grammarians and linguists.

    The History of Grammar

    The History of Grammar

    by Bronwen Scott-Branagan17

  • Phrases are the building blocks of all sentences. This tutorial will examine the different types of phrases that we will encounter throughout the Bible.

    Block Diagramming: Types of Phrases

    Block Diagramming: Types of Phrases

    by Steven Long0

  • Plain English is in short supply in school reports, government documents, the fine print of insurance policies, and a host of other areas.

    Fighting Gibberish and Bafflegab

    Fighting Gibberish and Bafflegab

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • The days of the week and the months of the year are the yardstick by which we define the turning of the Earth on its axis, and the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, and by which we date the events of our lives. But where do the names come from?

    Months of the Year—Origin of Their Names

    Months of the Year—Origin of Their Names

    by Greensleeves Hubs4

  • This article is to explain how tongue twisters work., mostly the woodchuck tongue twister. I also have some history on the English language to help others further understand these phrases.

    Woodchuck Tongue Twister Explained

    Woodchuck Tongue Twister Explained

    by Kayla Sulpizio0

  • Not all grammar is cut and dry. There are some that are debated quite vehemently with no clear answer.

    4 Pieces of Debated Grammar

    4 Pieces of Debated Grammar

    by Rebecca Graf5

  • This is a research based examination seeking the correct form or use between the contested terms "buck naked" and "butt naked." Research from the OED, academic debate, and a general academic search. Reasonable arguments and even some humor peppered in.

    Is It "Buck Naked" or "Butt Naked?"

    Is It "Buck Naked" or "Butt Naked?"

    by Shadesbreath65

  • The early 1900's were a time of displacement of over 500,000 people in the U.S. Many became Hobos and became a migrant society. As they traveled they developed a communication code using symbols.

    All Things Hobo—Signs and Symbols

    All Things Hobo—Signs and Symbols

    by Joel Diffendarfer8

  • Bull and cows turn up in our language as colourful illustrators of thoughts.

    Bovine Idioms

    Bovine Idioms

    by Rupert Taylor3

  • Round about the third glass of wine someone decides it’s amusing to introduce tongue twisters into the party. No it’s not; it’s maddening and people have been shot for less.

    Tangling With Tongue Twisters

    Tangling With Tongue Twisters

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • Often English speakers reach back into history in expressing themselves without realizing they are doing so.

    Origins of Familiar Phrases

    Origins of Familiar Phrases

    by Rupert Taylor0

  • Lady Semicolon is at once elegant and intimidating. Many a writer will avoid her, but a few bold souls will invite her to their dinner parties. Will you invite Snooty Semicolon to your literary circles? She awaits your response.

    The Semicolon—Sassy and Snooty—Rules and Uses

    The Semicolon—Sassy and Snooty—Rules and Uses

    by Cynthia Calhoun30

  • The days of the week and the months of the year are the yardstick by which we define the turning of the Earth on its axis, and the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, and by which we date the events of our lives. But where do the names come from?

    Days of the Week—Origin of Their Names

    Days of the Week—Origin of Their Names

    by Greensleeves Hubs12

  • 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.

    American vs British Accents, Dialects and Languages

    American vs British Accents, Dialects and Languages

    by Arthur Russ4

  • British and American English can be vastly different, much to the surprise and humor of everyone involved! Here are a few fun tidbits about how our neighbors speak across the pond.

    British and American English Differences

    British and American English Differences

    by Ann Leavitt53

  • Here, in the USA, we excel at destroying language. “What does that word mean?” You ask? Not us. Here in the good ol' USA, we assume and call it good. That's why "literal" is no longer literal.

    The Decline of American English Is Self-Inflicted

    The Decline of American English Is Self-Inflicted

    by kwade tweeling0