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hover ≠ hoover

I never know which is which. One is sucking air in clinging to the floor, the other one is keeping air between itself and the floor. Read on…

Metaphors from around the globe

On Superlinguo I stumbled over some drawings from a celebration of International Mother Language Day. The idea is very simple but quite cool: share your favourite idiom! Read on…

Language Learning

How it feels to learn a language: Read on…

Metaphors: same same but different

How cool does a place have to be so it’s hot? Read on…

The rules we don’t know we know

What’s so fascinating about language, anyway? Read on…

Prescriptivism

It looks like… Read on…

Are Words trees?

Languages and words are often talked about in terms of trees. How legit is this metaphor? Read on…

salad, salami and salary

They all descend from salt, i.e. Latin sal: Read on…

Iguanas, nadders and alligators

Iguana is Leguan in German. How come? Read on…

The language of the World Bank

Comparing the annual reports of the World Bank from seven decades shows that the language is getting more abstract and blurry. Read on…