Monthly Archives: April 2011

Do you speak Courier?

In the book I’m reading at the moment (Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde), the author makes interesting use of typefaces to show the characters are talking different languages. For example, some characters speak in Courier Bold, while others speak Old English in an Old English style typeface: The seventh revealment of St. Zvlkx I’ve come […]

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English, Language 14 Comments

The worm that turned

While working in my garden this afternoon I dug up lots of worms, so I thought it might be interesting to find out more about the word worm. Meanings of worm (/wɜːm/ /wɝm/) include: – a member of the genus Lumbricus; a slender, creeping, naked, limbless animal, usually brown or reddish, with a soft body […]

Danish, English, Etymology, Irish, Language, Latin, Norwegian, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish, Welsh, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 6 Comments

Noce

Noce /nɔs/ is a French word I learnt last night meaning “wedding” (ceremony) or wedding party. Here are some examples of usage: – être de la noce – to be (a member) of the wedding party, to be among the wedding guests – être de noce – to be invited to a wedding – aller […]

English, Etymology, French, Language, Latin, Welsh, Words and phrases 5 Comments

eGalile

One of the songs we’ve been singing in the Bangor Community Choir recently is a Zulu one from South Africa called eGalile. The words are: eGalile, eGalile sohlangana eGalile washo uJesu kuba fundi bakhe sohlangana eGalile My knowledge of Zulu is very limited and I’m not sure all the words are written correctly, but with […]

Language, Zulu 3 Comments

Ductus

I came across the word ductus today in an interesting article about the origins of the writing. The articles focuses particularly on the development of the Latin/Roman alphabet and traces it’s origins back to ancient Egypt. Ductus /ˈdʌktəs/ means: 1. the number of strokes that make up a written letter, and the direction, sequence and […]

English, Etymology, Language, Latin, Writing 4 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 13 Comments

Hen’s nests and potholes

One French expression that came up last night was nid-de-poule (hen’s nest), which sounds much more interesting than it’s English equivalent, pothole. The English word pothole can refer to a number of things, including: – a hole formed in rock by stones in water or glacial erosion; – underground passages, shafts and chambers formed by […]

English, Etymology, French, Language, Words and phrases 7 Comments