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
In honor of the new documentary Weiner, which hits cinemas this week, Glossophilia is re-posting this short essay on the etymology of wiener, which was originally published when Big Weiner was running for mayor … Continue reading
A post about flea markets and yard sales, first published in February 2013. Do you know what Brits call them? Continue reading
Sometimes — and only sometimes — a YouTube video is worth a thousand words.
1. [NO OBJECT] (Of cows and certain other large animals) give birth to a calf.
2. [WITH OBJECT] (Of an iceberg or glacier) split and shed (a smaller mass of ice).
2.1 [NO OBJECT] (Of a mass of ice) split off from an iceberg or glacier.
Old English cealfian, from cealf “calf”. Of icebergs, 1837. (Etymonline)