Monthly Archives: December 2016

How word meanings change over time

The reason words change meaning over time is because of associations. Something has a name, and then things associated with that thing tend to “stick” to it. The word “kind” is a good example. It started out meaning “a group … Continue reading

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An interview with the translator of the Irish version of Asterix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nak9ci6rLvM

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Afrikaans and English

Afrikaans and English are both Germanic languages, which means that a lot of the words, while not pronounce the same, nonetheless have the same meaning and spelling and others are very close. Words that mean the same and are spelled … Continue reading

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Some South African English for you

“Don’t be a doos. Naartjies are much better than spanspek. You can get the best ones at the shop near the petrol station. Just go down the street, and turn right at the robot. When you get there, you have … Continue reading

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