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Caedmon Manuscript

OLD ENGLISH HAS A SERIOUS IMAGE PROBLEM

“Old English,” also termed “Anglo-Saxon,” was and is simply the form of the English language that predates the Norman Conquest of 1066. The first line of the earliest poem in Old English, a prayer called “Cædmon’s Hymn,” largely unfamiliar to modern English speakers, offers a taste of this forgotten language: Nu sculon herigean heofonrices weard […]

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Abbreviations in Science and Technology

Because of the bewildering variety of abbreviations for scientific and technological terms and the inconsistency of treatment, writers and editors are advised to consult with publications like The Chicago Manual of Style or a handbook specific to a scientific discipline or to an industry to confirm standard modes of abbreviation for specific terms. This post […]

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The Word of the Year for 2016

Each year, several major lexicographers release their word of the year—the term that, among the most frequently looked-up words during the previous twelve months, has most prominently captured the zeitgeist. This post discusses the 2016 selections. Merriam-Webster selected surreal, a word apropos for a year in which various seemingly irrational, inexplicable events occurred. The dictionary […]

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Confessioni di un neologista: se metti in magazzino l’effimero, mostra le parole nuove

Articolo di Giovanni Adamo, dirigente di ricerca nell’area linguistica del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche. L’interesse per uno studio sistematico della neologia è relativamente recente: si può collocare negli ultimi decenni del XX secolo, più o meno negli stessi anni nei quali si sviluppa e acquisisce il suo statuto disciplinare la lessicologia, cioè lo studio del […]

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Email Matters

The ease of dashing off an email is both a convenience and a deadly snare. Emails are not as public as a Twitter tweet, but can lead to grief for the unwary. We’ve all heard the horror stories of the jokester who says something outrageous intended for the eyes of a friend, and then hits […]

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