language

Uncategorized

Pleonasms and neoplasms


1 Comment

I’ve made up a phrase (which I thought was rather silly but cool :), so I decided to blog it), that being that “pleonasms are multiplying like neoplasms”. I actually stumbled across the association because I was once accused, by a teacher of language, of using a pleonastic superlative (when I was attempting to be

Read More

Uncategorized

The word for today


No Comments

This was the word for the day today from A-Word-A-Day: endogamy (en-DOG-uh-mee) noun The practice of marriage within a specific social group. [From endo- (within), from Greek endon (within) + -gamy (marriage), from Greek gamos (marriage).] And this is the example of the word in context given: “A third of Americans have become religiously mobile

Read More

Uncategorized

A farrago of nonsense full of over-egged pudding


No Comments

A lot of the time my job is just, well, rather soporific really, but every now and then one of the judges wakes me up with the use of an interesting word or turn-of-phrase. Today a judge labelled a piece of evidence a “farrago of nonsense”. Recently I had “over-egging the pudding”. I think these

Read More

Uncategorized

Ignes fatui


No Comments

One of the reasons I like reading the classics is because of the use of language, and the new words to be discovered, and what the books teach about life and character. Here is one such new word that I discovered in Jane Eyre some time ago, and recently re-discovered the computer file I made

Read More