Language Archive

  • People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

    To A Fault

    People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

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  • Sometimes there are a pair of words that seem to be pretty much identical. They might use the same letters, or be synonyms, or just sound very similar. One could be excused, then, for substituting one for the other. But the English language is a harsh mistress. It is just waiting for you to slip up so it can insert a meaning you had no intention of conveying and ruin your life. Don't believe me? Well it just so happens, as usual, I have chopped this up into easy to swallow fact-lets for you.

    Choose Wisely

    Sometimes there are a pair of words that seem to be pretty much identical. They might use the same letters, or be synonyms, or just sound very similar. One could be excused, then, for substituting one for the other. But the English language is a harsh mistress. It is just waiting for you to slip up so it can insert a meaning you had no intention of conveying and ruin your life. Don't believe me? Well it just so happens, as usual, I have chopped this up into easy to swallow fact-lets for you.

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  • My some counts there are as many as half a million words in the English language. Naturally, some are better than others. I'm not interested in talking about the good ones, right now. No, for this rant, I'm interested in the bad ones. As a matter of fact, the worst ones. What words have the worst feeling attached? Which ones are the ones you dread hearing? The ones that ruin your day, or even your life? Well, I've put some thought into it, and here are the ones that made the shortlist.

    The Worst Words

    My some counts there are as many as half a million words in the English language. Naturally, some are better than others. I'm not interested in talking about the good ones, right now. No, for this rant, I'm interested in the bad ones. As a matter of fact, the worst ones. What words have the worst feeling attached? Which ones are the ones you dread hearing? The ones that ruin your day, or even your life? Well, I've put some thought into it, and here are the ones that made the shortlist.

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  • Some things are always bad. Murder or evil, for instance, are by their very nature bad. Things that are universally good are a little harder to find, but they still exist, like bacon. One would imagine then that anything not definitively bad or good could go either way. Curiously, this isn't the case. Some completely innocuous words always get a bad wrap for no obvious reason, while others are likewise purely and exclusively positive. Let's investigate, shall we?

    That’s Never Good

    Some things are always bad. Murder or evil, for instance, are by their very nature bad. Things that are universally good are a little harder to find, but they still exist, like bacon. One would imagine then that anything not definitively bad or good could go either way. Curiously, this isn't the case. Some completely innocuous words always get a bad wrap for no obvious reason, while others are likewise purely and exclusively positive. Let's investigate, shall we?

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  • Yep, I'm ripping on the language again. I can't help it, it is what I use to THINK, so when I find myself without the means to properly wrap my head around something, I blame the tools. Lately I've been running into a lot of situations that seem like I should have been able to enunciate them with a single word, but either I didn't know it, or it didn't exist. I can't just let that go undocumented.

    There Oughta Be A Word

    Yep, I'm ripping on the language again. I can't help it, it is what I use to THINK, so when I find myself without the means to properly wrap my head around something, I blame the tools. Lately I've been running into a lot of situations that seem like I should have been able to enunciate them with a single word, but either I didn't know it, or it didn't exist. I can't just let that go undocumented.

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  • BrainLazy has had a pretty major face lift, and we've really come a long way in the world. In honor of this, I'd tried to leave some of my old go-to articles behind and play the part of a respectable, professional part of the media. Then I realized that no one respects me, and I pay my own salary, so to hell with that, I'm going to ramble about the English language some more.

    More Rambling About Words

    BrainLazy has had a pretty major face lift, and we've really come a long way in the world. In honor of this, I'd tried to leave some of my old go-to articles behind and play the part of a respectable, professional part of the media. Then I realized that no one respects me, and I pay my own salary, so to hell with that, I'm going to ramble about the English language some more.

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  • Fans of my writing, and I think there are seven of you now, may have noticed that I tend to... avoid the harsher language. Okay, fine, I have the vocabulary of a Disney character. Generally speaking this is not an impediment, but recent constructive criticisms have shed some light on short comings that this has produced in the finished product. Reluctantly, I have been coerced into reconfiguring my linguistic policies, abandoning circumlocution in favor of a moderately more abrasive, direct, and assertive tone. In other words, parental guidance suggested.

    Parental Guidance Suggested

    Fans of my writing, and I think there are seven of you now, may have noticed that I tend to... avoid the harsher language. Okay, fine, I have the vocabulary of a Disney character. Generally speaking this is not an impediment, but recent constructive criticisms have shed some light on short comings that this has produced in the finished product. Reluctantly, I have been coerced into reconfiguring my linguistic policies, abandoning circumlocution in favor of a moderately more abrasive, direct, and assertive tone. In other words, parental guidance suggested.

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  • As you may or may not have picked up, I don't use curses in my writing. I don't say them, either. I can't really explain why it is, but at this point it is almost pathological. As a result, I tend to

    Eff That

    As you may or may not have picked up, I don't use curses in my writing. I don't say them, either. I can't really explain why it is, but at this point it is almost pathological. As a result, I tend to

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