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Modern English is a mishmash of words from different languages. Look up the etymology of any word and you’ll be traced back to a mixture of European languages and now defunct languages, such as Latin. Many of those words would’ve morphed and evolved to the point that we now recognize and own them within the […]more
As you know, I am NOT one to gossip BUT… Next time you want someone to listen to you – really listen – try opening with this sentence. They’ll look up from their smartphones. Pupils will enlarge. Eyebrows will raise. They’ll lean in. Your vocabulary will suddenly change too. You’ll deviate daringly from the pedestrian prosaics of […]more
In their 1980 book, Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson argue that many of our everyday expressions take shape from hidden metaphors, and that those metaphors reveal powerful, but often unexamined, beliefs about the world. For example, the expressions that we use to describe argument tend to embody the metaphor argument is […]more