On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, which starts in Philadelphia tomorrow, Glossophilia examines the history of the party’s name, and of its mascot, which itself derives from the name of the Democratic Party’s founder. (See also Glosso’s post last week about the origins of the Republican name.) Continue reading
To mark the start of the Republican National Convention, which starts tomorrow in Cleveland, Ohio, Glossophilia takes a look at the origins of the name of the party formed 162 years ago, as well as its nickname, “GOP”. Continue reading
Should they stay or should they go? This week, the British electorate will vote in a referendum deciding whether or not the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union. It wasn’t always called the European Union, though; some of us remember the EEC and other acronyms describing various European communities. Glosso refreshes our memories. Continue reading
Can you see the curious mistake* in this tag on a popular lunch bag? (And I’m not referring to the headline-case caps; you can read more about cap styling at this earlier Glosso post.)
At the risk of giving away the answer, Glosso finds it slightly strange that it looks like the error of a non-native English-speaker who is spelling phonetically a word pair (and a curious choice of words at that), and the phonetic translation only works if it’s pronounced with a British accent — but the company that produces the lunch bag is U.S.-based. Go figger.
Answers on a postcard please
* Well, Glosso assumes it’s a mistake
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… and their pronunciation.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, which is celebrated officially today (Saturday, June 11), Glossophilia is re-posting this piece about her name. Happy Birthday Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor! Continue reading
In an article last month in the Sunday Times, Robert Lea discussed “How society learns to love ‘disruptive technologies’.” “When Amazon emerged to turn retailing on its head, when Uber landed to spell the end of cab-hailing as we know it, no one described them as “disruptive technologies”. Now everyone, apparently, is a disrupter or being disrupted. But is it, initially, obvious what a disruptive technology is?” Well that depends a bit on how well you understand the new meaning of the word disruptive, doesn’t it? Continue reading
Happy Birthday, Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928). Here are some of his words of wisdom. Continue reading