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Assy-thingummy: Hƿæt Goes Around Comes Around

It is fascinating to watch language usage and meaning change over time. I am especially interested in instances where semantic shifts cause readers to anachronistically misinterpret texts that were written with an older sense. For example, the word “buxom” once … Continue reading

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International Language Nazi Day

By virtue of my own cantankerosity, I hereby ordain and establish the 3rd day of October (being the 10th month of the Gregorian calendar despite its name) as International Language Nazi Day. Henceforth, on every October 3rd, all those who … Continue reading

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Assy-thingummy: Awkward Uses of the Suffix -Ward

I love reading classic literature in the original spelling.  A few years ago one of my best friends gave me a facsimile edition of the 1611 edition of the King James translation of the Bible.  Knowing that a great deal of … Continue reading

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Assy-thingummy: A New Series of Posts About Words

I’ve realized that the volume of content here on Sixteen Small Stones has been in stead decline for some time.  As I’ve thought about the reasons, I’ve decided that my posts have become much too narrowly focused, and so I … Continue reading

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