All Blog Posts Tagged 'words' (4)

Prepositions

It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 4, 2014 at 4:30am — 28 Comments

Famous last words. No...really!

I found a website where Texas lists every capital execution from 1982 on. One of the more interesting things about it is that it includes any last statements the prisoners made. Interesting reading. Lots of "foxhole converts" among them, I note.

Added by Unseen on February 6, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Words

I've become increasingly frustrated with people's insistence that words can mean whatever they want them to mean, and whatever is convenient for them to mean. Words are meant for one thing: communication. Once everyone personalizes words and definitions, we lose that ability. If "to you" a chair is what the rest of us consider a table, you're going to lose us when you start telling about setting the chair for dinner.

Even more frustrating is when people, or Bibles, make absolute…

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Added by CJoe on November 20, 2012 at 8:09pm — 35 Comments

A Question of Language

(I realise that for a first blog post this may be wordy, but I wrote this down last night and thought it would be a waste if I didn't share it).



As someone who often enjoys writing, as well as the stufy of language and words, I was inspired by a section of a TED Talk (TED talks are thirty minute lectures by some of the best minds on the planet, so if you haven't seen any yet, I will put a link in the comments) by Richard Dawkins, in which he discuses the connotations and… Continue

Added by Adam Houten on April 26, 2009 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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