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January, 2021 Word Stories

Autological words are words that describe themselves—as opposed to all the heterological words that don’t. The adjective pentasyllabic is autological, for example, since it has five syllables. Monosyllabic, on the other hand, is heterological, since it has far more than one. 

December, 2020 Language Matters

The use of like is widespread in colloquial speech, yet it still viewed negatively, even by those who use it. How then, is like used in everyday language? And why do so many people dislike it?

November, 2020 Word Stories

When people decide to take a little rest for the sake of their health, they often say they’re looking for some “peace and quiet.” The association of noise with unrest can be found throughout the English language. This Word Stories instalment explores the longstanding linguistic contradistinction between peaceful quiet and unsettling noise.

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