Where the Words Come from

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Latin and French send more words to the English language than any other sources.  Maybe no big surprise.  But Swedish is big too.  And Japanese is on the rise. This from Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and author of Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English. More importantly, he […]

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Words Like Loaded Pistols

Posted by Michael Dolan on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized |

That’s the great title of new book by Sam Leith, English newspaper editor.  It’s a disappointment then to find the book is a standard rhetoric manual.  It covers the Greeks and other ancients in a familiar story. Other than reviewing a couple of speeches, the book is not very practical.  For example, you won’t learn […]

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