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If mayhap looks to you like a relative of its synonym perhaps, you’re right—the words are related. Both ultimately derive from the Middle English noun hap, meaning “chance” or “fortune.” Mayhap was formed by combining the phrase "(it) may hap" into a single word. Hap in the phrase is a verb essentially meaning “to happen,” and the verb hap comes from the noun hap. Perhaps came a...

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Comparison of pronouns in Baltic languages (with English translation)

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Language Maps! So Iv decided to do something a little different, not so much cartographic this time - rather a language map (presented in the form of a tree). This one Iv made is of the Uralic language family!

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“The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” –James D. Nicoll

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A couple weeks ago, I picked a fight with the dictionary. This was not a particularly considered fight. I did no research beforehand and had no evidence to back up my side-eye. I just saw that Merriam-Webster listed the word as “fan fiction” and my blood boiled. I would never spell the word that way, with an internal space, and I was sure other fanfiction writers would agree. If there’s...

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A Year in Language, Day 135: Concept: Case Alignment Case alignment is a method by which linguists categorize languages, specifically in how they mark subjects and objects, grammatical elements collectively called “core arguments”. You may think you have a good grasp on whats a subject and whats an object. I’m here to tell you you probably don’t. Most people think of subjects as thi...

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