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It's A Myth That Adults Can't Learn Languages As Easily As Kids

( education / language )
"Adults can learn a second language as fast as children, reports a new studyand it's only the conditions in which a child learns a second language that's given kids a reputation as such fast learners. This means that adults can develop the increased neural connections typical of..." Read... read more

Lambast Vs. Lambaste

( education / language / english )
"While the exact derivation of the word is not definitively known, the OED posits that it's a combination of lam and baste, both of which bear the sense (now archaic for both words) to beat soundly. Other sources agree. And lambaste is the older form. In historical Google Books searches, lamba ... read more

Word Of The Day: Fascism

( education / language / english )
"Fascism is not an ideology, it's a means to power" -- Benito Mussolini According to Merriam Webster online, it means: a political philosophy, movement, or regime... that exalts nation and often race above the individual... ... read more

Foreign Words We Use In English

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This first one,, is a great site on this subject, though a LOT of the words they list are never used by anyone but dilettantes (from the French and, surprisingly, not listed there). 20-best-foreign-loanwords-in-english english-words-from-other-languages foreign-words-used-english somethi... read more

American-English Words That Seem To Be Universal

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A few American-English words/mutterings that now seem universal, no matter which language you're speaking (judging by foreign-language TV shows/movies I've watched) are: Mm-hmm or uh-huh - meaning yes; OK or okay; hey; Super pronounced supah - meaning great; Of course, the Ital ... read more

When To Use "Who" Instead Of "Whom"

( education / language / grammar / english )
Almost everyone uses the word whom incorrectly. Whom is ONLY correct when following a preposition as in of whom, to whom, from whom, etc. That is the ONLY time you use whom instead of who. And, yes, even your English teacher probably gets it wrong. :) Who without the m is a pe... read more

What Is Title Case?

( education / language / english / grammar )
This might be useful: title-case-capitalization"Title case is one of the conventions used for capitalizing the words in a title, subtitle, heading, or headline: capitalize the first word, the last word, and all major words in between. Also known as up style and headline style." ... read more

Earbud-Like Device Claims To Boost Linguistic Skills By Zapping Ear With Electrical Currents To Kickstart Nerve In Brain

( education / tech / language )
"The simple gadget dramatically improves the wearer's ability to learn new words, say the University of Pittsburgh team behind the research new..." Go to Earbud-like-device-claims-boost-linguistic-skills-zapping-ear.html... read more

Should I Capitalize That Dog Breed Name?

( education / language / english / grammar )
In a word, no. See"Do not routinely capitalize the names of dog breeds. Many breed names are composed of proper nouns that you capitalize like Boston and generic terms (like retriever or terrier) that you lowercase.... read more

Spelling And Grammar Online

( education / language / grammar / internet )
When is that spelling and grammar checking feature coming to Facebook, Instagram, etc.? Oh right, they probably don't want to insult 90% of their users. Never mind. It's not that my own (or anyone's) grammar and punctuation are flawless (because there are so many contradictory rules), but can w... read more

Mangled English

( culture / humor / language / english )
This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funnyHow English is Being Used in Different Parts of the WorldIN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please not to read notis.IN A BUC... read more

Word Hippo

( education / language )
Useful site here: Word Hippo. "Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs."... read more

Another Grammar Complaint

( education / language / english / grammar )
I used to be able to spot junk email by its bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Now, even legitimate emails often fail the test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me very sad.... read more

Yet Another Grammar Rant

( education / language / grammar )
In addition to "honoring our veteran's," how about if we honor our teachers who taught us punctuation, spelling, and the difference between possessive and plural? :)... read more

This Week's Literacy Rant

( education / language / english / grammar )
OK, people, the word is led (when pronounced led) not lead unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed journalists. A few examples, ... read more

Lingmo Language Translator

( education / language / tech )
Wow, I want one of these! Real-time language translation device whispers into your ear in real time as it's listening to the person speaking.... read more


( education / language )
Trampoline ends in "ine" not "ene" as I had thought. Just FYI for next time someone tells you that's the wi-fi password and you can't get online to look it up. :)... read more

Dolphins Speak In Holographic Language

( education / science / zoology / language )
Very cool! scientists-reveal-that-dolphins-speak-in-a-holographic-language/ UPDATE: The commenters are mostly unconvinced.... read more

Her Own Language

( education / language / elizabeth )
I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she was going through the list of ingredients: two bananas... read more

Musical Sign Language Interpreters

( education / language / help )
That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious.We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interpreters will be at this weeks show.. and it is... - Nashville... read more

Mystery Solved

( education / language )
I solved an old mystery today, thanks to one of the Russian language podcasts I've been listening to lately. It's a phase I'm going through. I'm starting to listen to Hindi, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese, too. I guess I'm doing all of the BRICS languages for some reason - except South Africa, s... read more


( education / language )
Language-related articles on this site Names in their own tongue and script, Language names in their own tongue and script"The table shows native/local names for languages in their own scripts, or autoglottonyms. You can click on the Language names that are links to hear how ... read more


( education / language / english )
Wordnik. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from articles on the internet. And they provide an explanation/definition to links (if you click it) like the one above. It claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary in the world. I don't know about tha... read more


( education / language / english )
(DING-kuhm)Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjectiveTrue; honest; genuine. EtymologyProbably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning work; a fair share of work. The word was first recorded in Aus ... read more


( education / language / english )
Our word of the day is parsimonious (par-si-MO-nee-uhs)adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal. Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598. Usage President Calvin Coolidge was so with words that he became known as 'Silent Cal ... read more

Lesson For Today

( education / language )
There is an old hotel/pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse-drawn dray carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prison ... read more

Award-Winning English Prose

( culture / humor / language / english )
Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a ci... read more

Did I Read That Sign Right?

( culture / humor / language )
-- In a public restroom     Toilet Out Of Order. Please Use Floor Below -- In a laundromat     Automatic Washing Machines     Please Remove All Your Clothes When The Light Goes Out -- In a London department store     Bargain Basement Upstairs -- In an office... read more

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