Contra to popular belief, I’m still alive!

grammar

I must apologise for the lack of blog-activity as of late. I’m sure you were all anxious wondering where I had disappeared off to.

*silence*

Oh… you weren’t actually worried about my whereabouts at all… hmm, well then.

Anyway, disappointment aside ~I kid of course~ I’m back! I don’t know what happened me lately, I just couldn’t think  of anything to write about. I feel like a bad blogger, or does this happen to other people aswell?

Today I came across an article that I liked and as I was thinking to myself, “Who would appreciate this article?”, I thought of you guys! I mean this is (supposed to be) a language blog after all!

So here it is: 14 Words That Are Their Own opposites 🙂 (#6. is my favourite!)

Enjoy!

 

P.S. did you know that the term used to describe a word that can be its own opposite is called a contranym or auto-antonym? Well now you do! 🙂

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Diary of a Logophile

So true!

So true!

I’ll admit it, I love words. There, it’s out in the open.
I know I’ve kept it under wraps exceedingly well until now (says she writing a language blog!), but it’s time the truth came out.
I love words -nay- I lust them!

This post is going to celebrate and applaud the grandeur of words, synonyms and antonyms, anagrams, lexicon, grammar, syntax, word play and of course -my favourite- SPOONERISMS*!
*Spoonerisms, for those of you out there oblivious to the wonder of these phonetic transpositions, are when letters/syllables are swapped in words/phrases, usually as a slip of the tongue (or as a tip of the slung, teehe!) Sometimes these spoonerisms are harmless and merely result in you saying something odd-sounding like “I’ll be mare in a thinute” (I’ll be there in a minute), however they can also make sense when you swap the letters, for example, “go and shake a tower” (go and take a shower) and can even result in some hilarious moments; “she has tiny sh*tes” (she has shiny tights).
But i digress…

Back to business and on today’s agenda is being a logophile.
I reaslise how nerdy this makes me come off; I mean I’m literally (or is it figuratively) prouncing myself as a lover of languages. But I’m ok with that- in fact, I’m fervent about that! Or maybe I’m elated… curses on the thesaurus, it is both my rapture and my downfall!
Anyway, I’m just saying it’s not the worst thing to give a fook about languages and how we use them. People speak to express themselves, and if you can get your point across in a clear and concise manner then surely you should earn extra brownie points! No one wants to have a conversation with a babbling buffoon (well, I don’t anyway), so if you can use words wisely then you’re alright in my books 🙂
-Sidenote- using text talk, i.e. “Alri m8, u stil havn dat partE l8r?” is never allowed. I am very strict on this. If my own boyfriend texts me and there’s a spelling mistake in his message, you better believe he’s getting corrected- otherwise how will he learn the difference between ‘break’ and ‘brake’!

So, to sum up:
_Logophiles do not like spelling errors, unless they result in funny spoonerisms
_Logophiles are NOT averse to correcting your sentence structure while you’re still mid-sentence
_Logophiles (well, this logophile in particular) often prefer dictionaries to other humans
_Contrary to popular belief, logophiles are people too