The Dictionary of American Regional English tracks down unwritten terms which are dying out

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Fascinating Mar 8, 2017

True nobody is going to miss “suppeditated, meaning “surpass” or “overcome”, which still exists in Spanish as "supeditar". But I'd never heard of "mee-maw" until I saw the Big Bang Theory and although it's still alive and kicking, I still find it toe-curlingly quaint. To see ourselves as others see as...

 

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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Kind of interesting Mar 8, 2017

I personally find this venture of rather mild interest.

If you want to see real tour de force from the archives of The Economist, check out the following:

http://www.economist.com/node/3262983

The lesson so powerfully embodied in the leader left a lasting impression. It must have taken many long hours to draft....


 

philgoddard
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Robert Mar 8, 2017

What a beautiful piece of writing! But paradoxically, it's also not always easy to read.

 

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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@Phil Mar 8, 2017

philgoddard wrote:

What a beautiful piece of writing! But paradoxically, it's also not always easy to read.


The piece comes off as a bit unnatural, given that one doesn't typically see sentence after sentence consisting of one-syllable words, but what a magnificent example of practicing what one preaches! I can only imagine that it took the author a long time to draft, since he surely doesn't "think" in such a highly distilled monosyllabic fashion.


 


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