Category Archive for: ‘Fun with Words’

Spellchecker Poem: “Candidate for a Pullet Surprise”


  Spellcheckers can’t be trusted. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that the computer coders who created spellcheckers had malevolent intentions. …

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How Many Words Are There in English?


It’s a simple question, but pretty much impossible to answer.

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The Famous Titanic Starkiss


I just returned from a trip-of-a-lifetime with my family. Northern Ireland, with a day trip to Dublin, and almost a week in London. So many sites and many fond memories. But don’t worry — I won’t turn this blog into a travel memoir.

But this is a blog about language, and therefore an appropriate place to talk about the strange reality that dialects within English can make it difficult to understand one another. For example, I had the following conversation with a typically friendly taxi driver in Belfast about our visit to the just-opened Titanic exhibit (FYI: the ship was built in Belfast).

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Can You Decipher These Sesquipedalian Sayings?


Sesquipedalian — how ’bout that for a $10 word? It means “characterized by the use of long words.” So, I suppose in order to use the word sesquipedalian, you have to be sesquipedalian.

But today’s post isn’t just a meditation on the word sesquipedalian. It’s a challenge to the loquacious…

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