The Phrontistery




Linguistic Disquisitions


On this page, I will post short essays of about 1000 words every once in a while, in which I will discuss topics of interest to English-language speakers. Such topics might include (but are not limited to) discussions of a single word or set of words, complaints about a point of grammar or linguistic usage, comments on a news item or current social aspect of linguistic interest, reviews of language-related books or animadversions on the current state of the language. Each disquisition will include a few links to web sites related to its topic, and as well will help readers improve their vocabulary by including italicized words in blue text, for which definitions are available by moving your mouse over the word. They will be of a generally light-hearted nature, although they will no doubt touch on serious issues. If you have a topic to suggest or a disquisition that you have written yourself, please contact me; I welcome submissions and comments.

  1. Open Wide and Say Aa
  2. B is for Barbarity
  3. De Utilitate Latinarum
  4. Book Review: Sexicon
  5. Book Review: Le ton beau de Marot
  6. Web Word Worries
  7. On Mulism
  8. From the Dungeon to the Dictionary


I hope you have found this site to be useful. If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please contact me. Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. Please consult a major dictionary before e-mailing your query. All material on this page © 1996-2014 Stephen Chrisomalis. Links to this page may be made without permission.

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