January 13, 2010
by Graham

Trend Setters

In all aspects of culture, the leaders who introduce innovations, whether consciously or not, are gradually followed by the rest of the population who wish to emulate them. This is most obvious in clothes, where before the instant communications of … Continue reading

January 11, 2010
by Graham

1880s English

A few more interesting entries from the Dictionary of Blunders: “ABSQUATULATE (introduced from America) means to run away from your ‘squatting’ or settlement. The word is applied in England to any one running away from his creditors.” OED1 has the … Continue reading

January 9, 2010
by Graham

More Blunders

The anonymous author of A Dictionary of Blunders has a thing about syllabic /l/: BRIDAL should not be pronounced bri’-dle, but as spelled, bri’-dal. GRAVEL … should not be pronounced grav’-l, but grav’-vel. MEDAL … should be pronounced med’-al, not … Continue reading