From 'bump' to 'zany', Shakespeare is ... incarnadine's very weirdness as a word seems to have played a role in preserving it for posterity: In 1884, William Toone included it in his concisely-titled ...
No, there isn’t, and the absence of such a word reveals a strange semantic gap in this and ... of “bereaved” in the vast Oxford English Dictionary, I came across “ungraced.” Four centuries ago, ...
There is a reason we study Chaucer and Shakespeare at school and university ... That's just what Collins has done – making it to the dictionary is surely the semantic summit. In selecting the words of ...
Two types of semantic change can alter a word’s ... but one theory is that it comes from an Old Norse word meaning “pouch” or “pocket.” There’s also an Oxford English Dictionary entry from the 16th ...
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We chase "fast culture" at our peril - unusual words and difficult art are good for us ... the effort needed for intellectual attainment is being softened by a sort of semantic padding. Our arts and ...
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At a glance, it’s obvious that the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary ... when words came into and fell out of use. The equivalents for “inferior writer” mentioned above, for ...
If Shakespeare were right, poets and madmen have much ... Let’s take a look at the word itself. Webster’s Dictionary defines “inspiration” as “a divine influence or action on a person believed to ...
Along the way he debunks linguistic factoids, like the assertion that Shakespeare invented 10% of ... Fun fact: these words originally meant the exact opposite things that semantic samurai insist that ...
Before getting to why you should or should not believe in multiple universes, there’s a semantic point we ought to deal with. If the universe is, as the dictionary has it ... uni-is built right into ...
Since the fall of 2013, the Google Hummingbird algorithm has been leaving its imprint ... For the optimists, it meant a chance at using more words in the dictionary, outlining Who/What/Why/Where/How – ...
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth ... is already parallel to their words, and that it will not be difficult to influence him. As David Kranz suggests: “What is repeated in Macbeth’s iteration is obviously ...
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