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lareviewofbooks

lareviewofbooks
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:22:30 -0800

“I SEE A WORD like a Russian nesting doll. How can I strip it to what its imagined core would be?” asks Hannah Sanghee Park in an interview with Jessica Laser. Her Walt Whitman Award–winning poetry collection, The Same-Different, searches relentlessly ...

OUPblog (blog)

OUPblog (blog)
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:38:40 -0700

The Internet gives enough information about the South Sea Bubble, which spares me the necessity of going into detail. Quite possibly, all three etymologies are wrong, but, if one has to choose among them, the third looks more realistic. In my database ...

Londonist

Londonist
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:56:15 -0700

This corner of Ilford with a gorgeous tube station has two possible etymologies. Some say it's named after the le Gant family, who were stewards of Barking Abbey. A more evocative explanation (with little evidence) has it as a corruption of gnats hill ...
 
Mmegi Online
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:45:00 -0700

Although those who closely follow my column would readily relate thare and thale as only superficially differentiated by the well-known l to r (and r to l) sound-change, they actually have different etymologies this time.

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:35:53 -0700

One challenge with the approach is that students at all grade levels often stumble on false etymologies. A student who learned the prefix un, for example, might think it applies to the word “uncle.” But teachers say that kind of mistake can lead to ...

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:52:17 -0700

A cautionary tale is embedded in the term farb itself. Although it has several popular folk etymologies, it was most likely invented by the First Maryland "Blackhat" Regiment, led by German teacher Gerry Rolph. "Farb" is the German word for "color ...

University of Rochester Newsroom

University of Rochester Newsroom
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:45:00 -0700

For a naturalistic language, the process of creating vocabulary takes even longer than for, say, an engineered or auxiliary language, because the etymologies and interrelationships between words have to be created as well. For a semi-accurate analogy, ...

Observer

Observer
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:04:42 -0700

Just because someone is a feminist and believes wholeheartedly in women's causes doesn't mean they go around applying misogynistic intent to simple etymologies. However, I forgive it in reference to the Women of Culture walking tour that invites you to ...
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