Category Archives: Word reference

Hi ha mots que se’n mengen d’altres

Hi ha mots que se’n mengen d’altres. Vet ací una afirmació que pot semblar sorprenent o cridanera a primer cop d’ull –per això la fa l’autor del llibre que comentem i per això mateix la reproduïm–. Ara bé, la frase … Continue reading

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Contronyms

You’ve just got to love contronyms: words that also mean their opposite. For example, “to sanction”, which can mean both to approve an action and to impose a penalty for an action. Now, if you were designing a new language, … Continue reading

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El mundo anglosajón

¿Hay expresiones que te irritan? Seguramente, sí. Una de las expresiones que me fastidia es el mundo anglosajón (o la variante países anglosajones). Lo explico. Primero, hay que decir que la expresión es totalmente correcta. El Diccionario de la lengua española … Continue reading

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What’s your word of the year 2017?

北 It’s the end of the year and as usual various authorities will be announcing their “word of the year”. In fact, it’s already started. One of the large English dictionaries, Merriam-Webster, has just announced its choice. They have gone for … Continue reading

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My life as an hermaphrodite

I recently read a novel with this curious title.  You may be thinking, as I did, why “an hermaphrodite”? Why not “a hermaphrodite? These questions lead to a more general inquiry. When is an initial “h” pronounced in English? If you are … Continue reading

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