Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.
English has a number of prefixes that come from the concept of “half.” Why do we have so many? And what’s the difference between them?... READ ON
Most of the time, when an American TV show is sold to other language markets, the opening theme song stays as is. But sometimes, especially if the theme song contains crucial background details, the song will be translated and re-recorded.... READ ON
Sauce has come a long way from its original noun meaning, passing through idiom, to adjective, to adjective-forming suffix. Still, it has kept in touch with its roots.... READ ON
Punctuation marks accept their utilitarian roles, but they too carry feelings, and they express them in subtle ways that are sometimes easy to miss.... READ ON
Some apples names are really just a desperate cry of “look how yummy I am!” Here are 18 varieties that, frankly, don’t care what you think.... READ ON
1. The word “umlaut” comes from one of the Brothers Grimm.... READ ON