Monthly Archives: April 2013

MY YEAR OF NEW WORDS, Part 8 – EPONYMS

July is the month added by Julius Caesar (and August, naturally, by Augustus Caesar), which is why September, October, November and December and not the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth month, as they should be based on their Indo-European roots. … Continue reading

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The Secret Languages of English, a guest post by Kristy Evans

The Secret Languages of English Many Americans, particularly those of a younger generation and vernacular, have most likely at one time or another learned or at least heard an alteration of the English language that was used for the purpose … Continue reading

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An Interview with Jennifer Margulis

Jennifer Margulis is is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. She is a former contributing editor at Mothering magazine and her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times, … Continue reading

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The Arguments of Jonathan Swift, a guest post by Cat Seaton

It’s the End of the Term So This Paper is 100% Sassafras Or, The Arguments of Jonathan Swift: Or, More Aptly: Jon Swift Claims to Care about English but is Actually Just Asking for Money Swift is a clever man. … Continue reading

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MY YEAR OF NEW WORDS, PART 7: NYMS

April is both a personal name and the name of a month. It’s a homonym (a word with two meanings) and nyms are the theme for this post. We’ve got synonyms, acronyms, homonyms (and homophones—which sound alike but spell differently, … Continue reading

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