HE OR SHE?
Sources: Merriam-Webster Online, Oxford Online, WWW.
If you need to speak of one person, but you dont want to identify that person by sex, or dont know what
their sex is, what would you do? English does not have gender-neutral pronouns in the s
Chapter 1: : Prurience and debauchery. (Together, as collocation, they have 2240 entries in Google.)
Prurience (noun) /pr.ri.ns/
The quality or state of being prurient. (No examples given)
First known use 1781.
No definition in the other dictiona
Discourse and text interpretation
The grammar of English offers a limited set of options for creating
surface links between the clauses and sentences of a text known as
cohesion. Basically, most texts display links from sentence to
sentence in terms of gr
Prescriptivism. In the OED this linguistic term is defined as follows:
'The practice or advocacy of prescriptive grammar; the belief that the
grammar of a language should lay down rules to which usage must
conform.' It is first found in 1954- The correspo
Fowler (see unatached participles)
Some grammarians call them dangling, hanging, or misrelated. Fowler called
unattached participles, and cited an example from a letter: Dear Sir, We beg
to enclose herewith statement of your account fo
a-1, a prefix of privation or negation, represents Greek - before a consonant
and becomes an- (Greek v-) before a vowel. It occurs (a) in words representing
Greek compounds, mostly adopted through French or Latin, in which the prefix
is wholly or partiall
1) A new blog post, slash you should read this!
For a new word to become established its helpful if that word has a meaning that can
be easily deduced by those unfamiliar with it. This is why successful new words are so
often formed from existing words a
1) (Not so) tidy, (not so) little boxes: finding parts of speech
Lexicography is about recording the meanings of words but also about figuring out a
words part of speech.
Parts of speech are so easy to define as it may be thought.
Lexicographers rely o
UNIT 1. THE DICTIONARY
1) Why unabridged?
1755 Johnsons dictionary
1806 Compendious Dictionary: provided very general definitions for common words
1828 American Dictionary of the English Language: concerned not with number of
1) Auld acquaintances: archaic and obsolete in the unabridged
Language changes over time, but many times changes made in our own time are not
Words that become disused or are abandoned are acknowledged in the dictionary by
the use of labels: