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BeccaM20

  1 month ago

Lexicography

I adore Suzie Dent from Countdown and 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown.

Before watching those two shows, I never even knew what a lexicographer was, now I'm fascinated by it. I follow Suzie on Twitter and she posts a 'word or phrase of the day' and explains what it means, this was one I thought was really sweet...

"Snerdling, croozling, snoodling, snuzzling, and snudging: all words from local dialects for retreating under the covers and ‘remaining snug and quiet’."

I enjoy learning about words, what they mean and how/when/where they are used. Does it interest you at all?
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SimonGUK

  1 month ago
I enjoy learning new words and their origins too. Thank you for sharing some new ones with us. :-) Reply
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gljcleeve

  1 month ago
Oh, and I do enjoy learning more about our language etc. Reply
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gljcleeve

  1 month ago
I've not seen a lot of her, unfortunately, but she seems very nice and highly knowledgable. Reply
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Chris563

  1 month ago
I never watch Countdown but I do know who she is. Yes it is fascinating Reply
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steppenwolf_a_558

  1 month ago
No, it no longer interests me at all... Reply
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
Language is fascinating! I have always been fascinated by it! Reply
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Hawksmoor

  1 month ago
Very much so, Becca - I've been an Etymology geek since reading Chaucer at school, age 13, the Middle English sources of modern words - the journey of individual words from Old Norse, High German, Medieval French, and so on, I just find fascinating! You learn so much about history, social history especially - plus geography, other languages, folklore, antiquated beliefs and the way people in the past saw things - sometimes just the same as us! and at other times, very differently - occasionally almost alien to us today!
If you'd like to take a really deep dive into this engrossing subject, may I recommend a couple of books?
"The Stories Of English" by David Crystal - he is a professor of this stuff, and also a brilliantly engaging, funny writer - it's a completely compelling read!
"Brewster's Phrase and Fable" - a reference work (I think it could be Oxfords, now, but no matter) that you can look up curious oddities of English - of which there are so many aren't there?! :)
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rogerdix

  1 month ago
V much so. But I don't watch 'Countdown'. Reply
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redwine1

  1 month ago
No idea who she is Reply
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