Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Another post has just vanished! I’m working on finding a backup to this one …
Thanks, Professor Brennan
Prepare for the exam.
This sounds like it might be painful.
Be sure to ask for nitrous before undergoing catachresis.
Well, the list included a couple of my faves — flaunt/flout and hone/home (as in “hone in on”), but unfortunately missed turbid/turgid, which I admit to messing up on before I realized the error of my ways. And “catachresis” is a word I hadn’t encountered before, so thanks for the introduction.
Hey, thanks for the turbid/turgid tip! They seem kinda the same, but I never quite saw the difference. Oh, words!
I recently listened to a podcast of a talk he gave, followed by an interview with Ian McEwan. It was very entertaining. Most interesting was his discussion of the history of words such as “hopefully” and their transition from one use to another. Their discussion reminded me that language is dynamic: new words are created, old words fall into oblivion, usage shifts with the times. Thanks for the link. It was a nice diversion 🙂
English is like a lava lamp. I get it!
By the way, how were you able to read this post? It disappeared a few days ago …
I read your post through Reader. Let’s just see if my comment goes through …
Interesting, so the post is still visible on Reader but not on the blog itself. Your comment shows up, though. Weird!
WP is just messing with you … again!
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