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Jun 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
A backformation is a word that is produced from what is incorrectly assumed to be a derived form.
For example, we have the word scavenger which was borrowed into Middle English from Anglo-French, that is, that dialect of French current in England from the Norman Conquest to the end of the Middle Ages. Read more ...
Jun 18, 2014 | 4 Comments
Confusions are often created by homophones – those words which sound the same although they are in fact completely different words often with different spellings. Some common examples are bear/bare, role/roll, pole/poll. Read more ...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Loch Ness monster is the ultimate in cryptozoological creatures but we have a few in Australia as well. There is of course the bunyip who, in the Grampians at least, can be sharing his waterhole with the mindi, a large snake with a black mane. Read more...