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Wednesday Word: Er, Uh, Um

Did you ever stop to think about the words we use when we can’t think of which words to use? I uh, mean, the er… yeah. Those words. Um. Er. Ahhh. Uhhhhh. Technically, these little words are called “fillers” (a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: (Gonna Write Me One)

There’s isn’t a Wednesday WORD this week. It’s actually a whole grammar feature which shows up in Appalachian English (okay, some of us use it, too). Linguists call it the Personal Dative. When we hear the form, it immediately gives … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Confess/Adopt

I confess… I would adopt these kittens. But the words “confess” and “adopt” – same or different? In the theory of translation, we talk about “areas of meaning.” For a word (or phrase), its unique area of meaning is all … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Nothing

Welcome to those searching for “Nothing”! If you like this post about “nothing,” you might enjoy some of this blog’s other posts about “something” else… Well, okay. This week’s Wednesday word is not “nothing.” But I want to point out … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Deny

This week’s blog will be a bit negative. I don’t deny it. There is a figure of speech called litotes. You all use it without realizing it. Every time you say something like, “Not too shabby!” or, “That’s not the … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Mother-Father!

Who you gonna call?   (Mom and Dad, of course) Exclamations are a fun part of language. They don’t necessarily fit all the patterns. And sometimes, kin terms and other surprising words are shouted out to express deep feeling. You … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: That!

Today the Wednesday Word is “that.” Wait… isn’t that kind of simplistic? Yeah, I know. What could we possibly say about the word “that”? Thanks for asking. Let me explain… LANGUAGE… As a translator, language is what I work with. … Continue reading

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