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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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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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