This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on some common words with uncommon relationships.
Delve into the world of translation as we discuss the linguistics of words invented by your favourite authors and their voyages from language to language.
This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on a few terms with both cultural “currency” and connections with the vocabulary of gainful employment.
Many of the English words we use every day actually come from other languages. Retrace a loanword’s steps on its journey into English and reflect on when it becomes fully integrated into the lexicon.
This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on contronyms - the strange words that can act as their own antonyms.
Good grammar helps us write clearly and precisely. One way to avoid convoluted and confusing writing involves watching out for misplaced modifiers.
This Word Stories instalment digs deep into the history of common English words, to celebrate the legacy of Proto-Indo-European or PIE.
Latin has given more than we assume to English. This month’s Language Matters covers all the bases: from the morphemes that pepper our speech to how to properly cite your favourite philosophers.
January is a forward-looking month, so it seems appropriate that sci-fi lovers have chosen this time of year to mark Science Fiction Day. It’s also a good time for word lovers to celebrate the way English has been enriched in recent centuries by science and science fiction.