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Linguistics Girl: The Linguistic Librarian is all about language. Learn about the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the English language as well as linguistic theories and more about language in general. The mission of Linguistics Girl is to provide information about all things linguistic to all readers interested in language. Linguistics Girl is written by Heather Johnson.

  • Word Matrix: Talc

    <talc> from Middle French talc, probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcus, also talcum “talc” from Arabic talq, from Persian...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 15, 2019
  • A Short History of ‘You’

    “What’s wrong with you?” posits the Oxford Dictionaries. But, seriously, what’s up with the oddness that is the second person personal...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 12, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Wint(e)r

    <wint(e)r> Old English winter (plural wintru) “fourth and coldest season of the year” Words Sums Wint(e)r = winter Wint(e)r + s...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 9, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Solve

    <solve> “disperse, dissipate, loosen” from Latin solvere Word Sums Solve Solve + s = solves Solve + ed = solved Solve...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 6, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Lact

    <lact> “milk” from Latin lac (genitive lactis) “milk” Word Sums Lact + ate = lactate Lact + ate + s =...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 4, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Ornithe

    <ornithe> “bird” from Ancient Greek ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”) Word Sums Ornithe + s = ornithes Ornithe + ic = ornithic Ornithe...

    Heather JohnsonFebruary 27, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Prince

    <prince> “ruler of a principality” from Old French prince “prince, noble lord,” from Latin princeps “first man, chief leader; ruler, sovereign,”...

    Heather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 25, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Pumpkin

    <pumpkin> alteration of earlier pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, via Latin from Greek pepōn “large melon” Words Sums Pumpkin Pumpkin +...

    Heather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 19, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Vace

    <vace> “empty” from Latin vacāre ” “to lack, empty” Words Sums Vace + ant = vacant Vace + ant + ly...

    Heather JohnsonFebruary 18, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Swim

    <swim> “move in water” Old English swimman (verb), of Germanic origin Word Sums Swim Swim + s = swims Swim +...

    Heather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 8, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Thrall

    <thrall> Old English thrǣl “slave,” from Old Norse thræll Word Sums Thrall Thrall + s = thralls Thrall + ed =...

    Heather JohnsonFebruary 5, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Beer

    <beer> “an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops” from Old English bēor, of West Germanic origin, based on...

    Heather JohnsonFebruary 2, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Mare

    <mare> “found in or pertaining to the sea,” from Old French marin “of the sea, maritime,” and directly from Latin marinus...

    Heather and Poppy JohnsonJanuary 28, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Hume

    <hume> from Old French humide, umide “damp, wet” or directly from Latin humidus “moist, wet,” variant (probably by influence of humus...

    Heather JohnsonJanuary 27, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Humid

    <humid> from French humide or Latin humidus, from humere “be moist” Word Sums Humid Humid + er = humider Humid +...

    Heather JohnsonJanuary 26, 2019