Notes on English.
Dearest creature in Creation, Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse…
Irish English refers to a diverse range of English used within the island of Ireland. It’s influenced by the Irish language in vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar (for example, in how yes/no questions are answered).
Dublin had its own take on the perfect aspect. I didn’t know what to call it, but when you were ‘after’ doing something, it meant you’d just done it but didn’t expect the hearer to know. ‘I’ve just fallen in love’: we thought it might happen and it has. ‘I’m after falling in love’: look, I didn’t think there was a heart in this piece-of-shit chest compartment either, but here we are. ‘Only after’ was ‘just after’ plus exasperation: mud on a carpet you’re only after hoovering, losing someone you’re only after finding.
If I could just say a few words… I’d be a better public speaker. – Homer Simpson
- The part of an animal's back that it cannot reach to scratch itself.
- A polygon having an infinite number of sides and vertices.
- A worn-out joke or subject. (
A chesnut, Captain, a chesnut.)
- Having ribs or the appearance of ribs. (
virgular quinquecostate ogham writing– James Joyce, Ulysses)
- A narrow inlet of the sea; an estuary. (
I picnic in virgin firths– Eunoia)
- Sooty, dusty.
- (Australian English) A rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.
- A fine detailing added to the surface of an object to make it appear more complex and visually interesting.
- Completely clear and transparent. (
Kingbirds flit in gliding flight, skimming limpid springs– Eunoia)
- (Of music) Clear and accessible or melodious.
- Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon, especially the pale area at the base of the fingernail.
- Victorian slang: got the morbs. Temporary melancholia. (Abstract noun coined from morbid.)
- The closest point in an orbit around the Moon. (See apsides.)
- Sleepy, drowsy. (
the passengers seemed subdued to the point of somnolence– Alastair Reynolds, Chasm City)
- Collins Word of the Day
- Dictionary.com Word of the Day
- Oxford English Dictionary – Paywalled, but recently published words of the day are freely accessible. Often features rare and obsolete words.
- Wordsmith.org’s A.Word.A.Day – Weekly themes.