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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: The range of English spelling
Author: J. B. Shipley
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: There is nothing innately funny or humorous about English spelling, though its vagaries have lent themselves to efforts in that way:

[from a letter by J. Bland published in the London Sunday Times, Jan. 3, 1965; cited by Chomsky (1970) and by Adams (1990)]


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 29, Issue 2.

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