My Favourite Links #5

World Wide Words is a website run by the linguist Michael Quinlon. He discusses new terms, displays weird words, gets behind expressions in the news, helps you with tricky points, and answers questions. Quinlon collaborates with the Oxford English Dictionary. He is the author of dictionary of affixes, Ologies and Isms, Port Out, Starboard Home: And Other Language Myths and most recently Gallimaufry about words that are vanishing from the language.

 

Here are a few selections:

 

How many in the language and how many does any one person know?

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/howmany.htm

 

English legal language is changing

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/probono.htm

 

Doh!

http://www.worldwidewords.org/topicalwords/tw-doh1.htm

 

Extraordinary rendition

http://www.worldwidewords.org/turnsofphrase/tp-ext2.htm

 

The website is:

http://www.worldwidewords.org/index.htm

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