Colloquialism

My girls and I were reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis when the word colloquialism popped up.  Here is the sentence: “In my talks, I used all the contractions and colloquialisms I ordinarily use in conversation.”  – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.  I asked...

Luposlipaphobia

Another terrifying thought from Word Up: Live! Luposlipaphobia: fear of being chased around the table by timber wolves. From Latin lupus (wolf), English slip, and Greek φόβος (fear). (Thanks, Gary Larson). Join for free.  Jennifer and Kimberly are getting up at 4:30...

Word Up: Live!

Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope yours was great. Here’s a day after gift for any word lovers…. In order to motivate myself to rise early once again (I have let the habit go), I am teaching a live etymology class each weekday at 5 A.M. (central time...

Margin time.

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – December 23, 2017 ================================================= This is a good time of the year to stop and think.  It’s a good time of the year to turn the noise off and spend time with the people you love. I was...

Not all English words come from Latin…

Many of my students often have the misconception that all languages, including English, come from Latin. Nope.  Not true.  A lot of languages come from Latin, but English is not one of them.  English is a Germanic language. We have borrowed a ton of vocabulary from...