Reading builds brains

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gord » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:39 am

Lance Kennedy wrote:The etymological origin of the word, Gord, is not necessarily the way the word evolves in its useage.

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Lance Kennedy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:03 am

OK, Gord, I apologise. I should have acknowledged your help. So thank you.

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gord » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:12 am

You don't need to apologise or thank me. I'm just glad you see that what I was posting was not a contradiction to what you said.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Nikki Nyx » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:25 am

I love etymology. While I realize that languages are living, changing things, it sometimes annoys me when words change their meaning, especially when people deliberately manipulate the language to obscure meaning. English is difficult enough...lol.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Lance Kennedy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:36 am

I often use the internet for etymological references. It is so easy. In Google, just type the word 'etymology ' followed by the word you are interested in. Some of the results are fascinating.

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Austin Harper » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:55 pm

I typically go to either wiktionary.org or etymonline.com for etymology information.
If you're interested in the topic, I would also recommend checking out the book The Etymologicon.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Nikki Nyx » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:08 pm

I was fortunate to have been able to skip Freshman English Comp in college as a direct result of my SAT scores. Instead, I was invited to participate in a Freshman English Seminar which was loads of fun, mainly because the professor was kind enough to assume we were as enthusiastic about the subject as he was.

Some of our assignments:
• Research the etymology of ten words (our choice), then use the word roots to make up five new words with sound etymological bases.
• Develop a consistent method to improve English spelling. (Something like what Jo is doing.)
• Write a Shakespearean sonnet with nontraditional subject matter.

I loved that class. Not only was it useful, it was also challenging and a lot of fun.
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