7 Language Terms That Are Actually Fun to LearnPosted by June on November 12, 2018
LABELS: DUMMY OPERATOR, EGGCORN, GRAMMAR TERMS, NONCE WORD, SCARE QUOTES, SQUINTING MODIFIER
Grammar jargon is enough to turn most people off of grammar forever. One ill-timed utterance of a term like “doubly transitive post-prepositional verb” and you might never take an interest in the subject again. But some language terms are actually fun.
Squinting modifier, anyone? How about an eggcorn? How about a nonce word or a dummy operator?
My recent column examines these and other language terms that are actually fun to learn.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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