Category Archives: Etymology

13 times the English language trolled its speakers

I often wonder how anyone learns English as a second language. Although I write in it daily and am constantly elbow-deep in trawling its deeper intricacies, I am always muttering “that’s messed up”. We all know about the difficulties with “you’re” and “your”, “it’s” and “its”. There are whole books dedicated to people hating on […]

A cold case of larboard

What fascinates me about etymology is that every word in the english language has its own story. Every time I start looking at the origins of a word, I begin to play detective. I have just started reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. Well swash my buckle! There are a lot of antiquated nautical […]