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 Post subject: Re: Michael Quinion's World Wide Words
PostPosted: 30 Aug 2016, 13:55 
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Yes his books are all good reads. Love his travel books. I read "A Tramp Abroad" years ago and his stories could almost have been written in the 80s (pre internet era). Recently read "The Innocents Abroad" about his tour of the Med, another classic.

His comments on the break of gauge at Albury make him an honorary Railbastard for certain.

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 Post subject: Re: Michael Quinion's World Wide Words
PostPosted: 05 Dec 2016, 15:41 
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I've been reading books from the 18th and 19th centuries on my phone (FreeBooks on Google Play - best app ever) and I keep coming across the word "twelvemonth" which obviously means a year. However what makes it different is the context - a 'year' back then meant 1847 or 1798 or 1815... A twelvemonth meant twelve months ago or hence. I looked at the online dictionaries for this but all they said was the obvious: "twelvemonth = year".

I keep coming across such words and I wish I'd been writing them down.
Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" had the locals using the word 'an' meaning 'if' which was rather odd to me. But it was some archaic use.

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 Post subject: Re: Michael Quinion's World Wide Words
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2017, 08:35 
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Mr Quinion has finally finished sending out this email list. He's closing it (started in the 90's) to concentrate on.....

..... heritage railways!


Ha! Word nerd and also secret gunzel!

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 Post subject: Re: Michael Quinion's World Wide Words
PostPosted: 13 Apr 2017, 17:54 
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For the word nerds (I know there are a few of you), as I said, Quinion has stopped the email list (I think he got burned out), but his site is still up, with an archive:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/

All is not lost, though. There is another great list I've been on since the late 90's: A Word a Day

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 Post subject: Re: Michael Quinion's World Wide Words
PostPosted: 22 May 2017, 15:27 
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I wonder if he's ever discussed this gem:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/windfucker

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