Semantic Tyrannies

In a recent article, 'Just Words', inspired by Thucydides, I looked at how human beings can change words’ meaning to fit new situations,...

Wordy Weekly XXXV

Ancient Derivatives Outside of English Words in other languages that come from Latin or Greek this week, and one from another Ancient...

Utopia - an ideal place?

Wordy Weekly XXXIV If you were asked to define the word ‘Utopia’, you would probably say that means ‘an ideal society/place’ and was the...

Wordy Weekly XXVII

We continue the biology/animal flavour this week. We start with Latin this week. BOVINE, CANINE, EQUINE, OVINE, VULPINE, LEPORINE,...

WORDY WEEKLY XXV

W, X, Y, Z this week. A mixed bag this week. · W…well…there aren’t any. · X, only in Greek. · Y, well…there aren’t any, · and Z, mostly...

Wordy Weekly XXIV

‘V’ week. No ‘V’ in Greek, so this is Latin’s bumper week. GREEK But there is still material for Greek. If the Greeks didn’t have a...

Wordy Weekly XXIII

This is going to be a very UUUUsfull week. (Start as you mean to go on!) Yes, we have reached ‘U’. An interesting letter, both for Greek...

Wordy Weekly XXII

‘T’ for two, and two for ‘T’. Let me take you on a tantalising TAU of… All right, enough of the puns. We are at week ‘T’ (but I like my...

Wordy Weekly XXI

So super that we sit in scintillating…all right, sorry, we have come to ‘s’. Plenty of material this week. GREEK i) SEISMIC: ‘to do with...