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WITH JOE MILLER, THE JOKE’S ON MOTTLEY

JOE MILLER, 18th-Century English Theatre tragedian, is remembered today. John Mottley, a contemporary of Miller, ends up as a false etymological hint. My inspiration for these tidbits arose from “The … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

SMALL LATIN, LESS GREEK… BUT CHURCHILL HAD A POINT TOO

Hi ENGLISH PLAYWRIGHT Ben Jonson wrote that his late colleague William Shakespeare had “smalle Latine, and lesse Greeke.” Well, come to think of it, me too. I was never encouraged … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

WELCOMING NEW (AND OLD) WORDS TO THE OED

I MUST confess that our family Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, 1971, is appearing smaller and smaller each month. The OED’s official website has cited “New Words in … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S THAT IN OLD ENGLISH? PART 2

YESTERDAY IN “What’s That in Old English Part 1,” we concluded with edhwierfe!, the Old English verb “to return” in its imperative singular case. Given that you have returned, today … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S THAT IN OLD ENGLISH? PART 1

HERE ARE some tidbits about Old English, OE, for short, gleaned from a recent exhibition at the British Museum, a BBC article reviewing this exhibition, and my usual Internet sleuthing. … Continue reading

March 5, 2019 · 3 Comments

STYLISH WRITING PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, several sources were cited as references here at SimanaitisSays: Merriam-Webster, Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the … Continue reading

February 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

STYLISH WRITING PART 1

THERE’S NO SHORTAGE of authorities on writing style, some of them even worth emulating. Readers of SimanaitisSays may already sense my trust in two sources, Merriam-Webster and The Compact Edition … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment