Holy Mackerel

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Re: “Anglish”  •  February 26, 2013, 7:04pm  •  0 vote

I s'pose that the -ize/-ise disparity is ultimately the same argument about whether we want to go all the way back to the Latin (or here even the Ancient Greek) or take the Anglo-Norman or Old French

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 26, 2013, 6:04pm  •  0 vote

I've been living in the United Kingdom long enough to know how these things go. Mostly they have no clue what they're talking about. Sometimes I just want to be able to say 'sidewalk' with impunity

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 25, 2013, 8:45am  •  0 vote

Right, you need to pick and choose whose advice you heed. I hold none of these usage bibles sacred. I think here they're being somewhat fair but I see some of these rules more as guidelines and othe

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 24, 2013, 9:18am  •  0 vote

That's about right. I was under the impression that this was no more than an amusing exercise in etymology or some kind of language construction game. There is very little serious style and usage ta

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  February 19, 2013, 7:51pm  •  4 votes

I can understand both sides. It seems that the 'think' argument has history on its side. Does this make it right? Maybe. But then rightfully 'ache' should be 'ake' and 'island' should be 'iland'.

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 17, 2013, 6:51pm  •  0 vote

*". . . a conversation wherein after . . ." It must be getting late . . .

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 17, 2013, 6:48pm  •  0 vote

That reminds me of a conversation I overheard in a pub in Fife after every few words the speaker would interject 'ye ken'. It's great, that.

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 17, 2013, 6:40pm  •  0 vote

Haha, sorry about the Third Reich reference, Gallitrot. I didn't mean it to be too nasty. I suppose it comes with the territory of discussing the preservation of Teutonic linguistic purity. I certa

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 16, 2013, 3:10pm  •  0 vote

For me, this is just an exercise in etymology and an appreciation for lost vocabularies. I have no intention to impose some kind of Goebbelsian prescriptive recasting of the language in line with lin

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 16, 2013, 10:11am  •  0 vote

I meant to write, "the beauty of a language is NOT measured by how many words it has in its vocabulary." Sorry.

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 16, 2013, 8:12am  •  0 vote

That's more or less what I was getting at in my earlier post. These words entered the English language around the Middle English period but hadn't killed out the English equivalents yet and represent

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 15, 2013, 4:50pm  •  0 vote

Aye, I agree. The Scots and Northern English dialects are truly wordhoards for this kind of exercise. Furthermore, Middle English still had thousands of survivors from Old English that could still b

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 11, 2013, 6:40pm  •  0 vote

Language has long been a function of social class stratification. Often class lines are only discerned by linguistic differences or social class identities separated along linguistic lines. Indeed,

Re: “Anglish”  •  April 17, 2012, 3:21am  •  0 vote

I'd like to bring up the word 'shark' and its mysterious origin. Before the word came into the language any ravenous marine fish, I believe, were known as a 'sea dogs'. I've always preferred this to

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 23, 2012, 4:27am  •  0 vote

I s'pose the bridge is the meaning of 'imagination'. Our English word 'mind' has lost this sense of imagery and pictures--'the mind's eye', as it were. 'Kvikmynd' is great, though. We have very few

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 22, 2012, 9:54am  •  0 vote

This reMINDS me of something. I seem to remember from Icelandic class the word 'mynd', 'picture'. I always thought it had something to do with the English word 'mind'. They've got 'hugmynd' for 'id

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 15, 2012, 8:33am  •  0 vote

The words 'hearsome' and 'hearsomeness' can still be found in the wordbook.

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 6, 2012, 11:31am  •  0 vote

I love the word 'addle'. The etymology given by Oxford is, Middle English : from Old English adela [liquid filth]. 'Liquid filth'. Brilliant. It's also an archaic adjective for '(of an egg) rott

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 6, 2012, 9:54am  •  0 vote

Aye, 'Cymru' is the Welsh word for Wales which shares its root with 'Cumbria'. 'Wales' comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'wealh', 'foreigner' which is pretty bad. This is also the root of 'walnut', I belie

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 5, 2012, 5:53am  •  0 vote

What with the Scottish Unraveling (Scottish Devolution? < Latin, 'ex' and 'volvere', 'to roll out') you'll need to thinking again about British nomenclature. But you can still always say either Engla

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 10, 2011, 1:40pm  •  0 vote

In Scots, in addition to 'tae frain' we also have 'tae speir', akin to Swedish 'spörja'.

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 10, 2011, 1:37pm  •  0 vote

I've always like the word 'wlite'. We've lost all those good wl- words in English. For 'majority', Dutch has, quite pleasingly, 'meerderheid', literally 'morehood'. German, of course, has 'Mehrh

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 7, 2011, 6:30am  •  0 vote


Re: “Anglish”  •  December 5, 2011, 1:16pm  •  0 vote

I do like 'wordtide' for 'tense'. The Dutch word for verb is 'werkwoord' and in Frisian it's 'tiidwoord', literally ''workword' and 'timeword'. I imagine in Anglo-Saxon says the word 'verbum' was pr

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 5, 2011, 12:35pm  •  0 vote

Ah I see. I imagine the noun 'gefræge' took on the sense of the adjective 'gefrǽge'. My Anglo-Saxon dictionary give 'hearsay' first for 'gefræge'. 'Renowned hearsay' is pretty good for 'reputation'

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 5, 2011, 4:40am  •  0 vote

Gefrain I would imagine comes from 'gefrignan', 'gefrægn', 'frugnon', 'find out' from 'frignon' 'to ask'. This must be related to German 'fragen' and Dutch 'vragen', both 'to ask'. This is a very Te

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 4, 2011, 8:02am  •  0 vote

As you're talking about 'wale' I might bring up the Scots language. Here in Glasgow you sometimes hear it spoken and its vocabulary is a hoard of obsolete Old English and Middle English words. I've