Do You Speak a Language? Check Out These Linguistics Books To Learn More!

Do You Speak a Language? Check Out These Linguistics Books To Learn More!

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Whether you use language to communicate or have formally studied linguistics, you can’t deny that language is interesting. How its both simple and complex, how you learn the rules then break them, how you have to follow said rules but also rely on instinct, and so much more. These books will both teach you about language and linguistics, and you’ll also learn more about the world than you thought some language book could teach you. Go check these out! 1. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCullogh A personal favorite, Because Internet is a hilarious, relatable, …

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

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Did you know Shakespeare invented more than 1700 words? Probably. Maybe. There’s a bunch of controversy. Still, he definitely invented some words we use every day. You can probably find the long list if you really want, but here are seven. You may sense a theme.     1. Countless Image via Astronomy.com   This is a pretty pedestrian word. Obviously Shakespeare didn’t invent the idea of counting, but he did give us a useful way to talk about it. It’s definitely faster than saying ‘without measure’.   2. Gloomy Image via Imagekind   What would we do without the …

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

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Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!   1. The Lamppost   Image via Dissolve   There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good …

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

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Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!   1. The Lamppost   Image via Dissolve   There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good …