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This week on the Word Watch, the words are getting heated, from politics to weather to sport. Civility Last weekend, the owner of a Washington DC-area restaurant refused service to Sarah Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary, on moral grounds. Sanders tweeted about the incident the following morning, sparking a days-long debate in the commentariat. Many, […]more
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
When one language borrows from another, words often adapt to the linguistic conditions of the recipient language. This is also the case with the German loanwords that have entered the English language. In German, nouns are always capitalised, but in English, they might end up following the lowercase rule. Some might even change their definition […]more
Ever found yourself trying to describe that tingling sensation when a song or work of art is deeply moving? There’s a word for that in Spanish. That sense of annoyance when you walk away from an argument and immediately realize the perfect retort? There’s one for that too, in French! We’ve put together a few […]more