The English Expletive Infix If you’re a native speaker of English you’ve probably heard (and maybe used) what linguists call the “expletive infix”—that’s when you insert an emphasizing “fuckin’” right inside of another word.
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Manichaean ‣ ADJ Sounds like: man-ih-KEE-un (IPA: /mænəkiən) Etymology “Manichaen” originates with “Mani”, the name of a 3rd century Persian prophet. Mani was famous for founding his own religion, which the Romans called “Manichaeism”. Manichaeism was a fusion of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism—though claiming to go beyond all of these. A distinguishing feature of […]
Introduction It may seem strange to think that a people can turn against the sound /p/—yet this is precisely what a large group of German speakers did, hundreds of years ago.
Guest co-author: Dr. Yuwen Lai There are four completely different words ‘mao’ in Mandarin Chinese, corresponding to these four English words: ‘cat’ ‘Mao’, as in Chairman Mao (this is a common surname, and originally meant ‘animal fur’) ‘rivet’ ‘hat’ Each of these four ‘mao’s has the exact same
Behemoth ■ N or ADJ ■ A great beast that God describes in the Bible (Job 40), Behemoth is something like a bad-ass hippo. Speakers today use behemoth to describe any kind of ginormous entity—especially huge and powerful organizations like Google or the NSA. The word originates from Hebrew, possibly based on the […]