• The hadted to do it
    My grandson (8 years, 11 months) and his brother (6 years, 6 months) both form the past tense of had to in an unusual and interesting way. They have both been doing this consistently and reasonably often for several months, perhaps as long as a year. I don’t know which one started doing this first,… Continue reading The hadted to do it
  • Not-gormless again
    As I have posted before, gormless is one of those strange inherently negative words with no positive counterpart. In that post, I included a picture of a restaurant at Copenhagen airport called Gorm’s. https://languagemiscellany.com/2021/08/can-you-negate-the-word-gormless/ I’ve recently found out a possible reason for using that name in Denmark. Denmark was ruled from about 936 to 1042… Continue reading Not-gormless again
  • Stressful plans to leave
    There is a difference in stress between (1) and (2), which use ALL CAPITALS to identify where the stress falls. (1) John has PLANS to leave. (2) John has plans to LEAVE. Edward Gussmann discussed these examples briefly in the Journal of Linguistics (Volume 24, Issue 1, 1988) in his review of The theory of… Continue reading Stressful plans to leave

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