• The Philogelos: Joke #154

    Posted on July 22, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • The Etymologies of 10 World Nations

    Posted on June 22, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Do you know which country is named after the second-highest mountain in Africa? How about the nation renamed in the 20th century to better reflect the people living there? Read on to find out! Algeria: Derived from the country’s capital city of Algiers, this name comes from the Arabic al-Jazair, meaning “the islands.”  This refers to […]

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  • 10 Etymologies from the Animal Kingdom

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    How much do you know about the word origins of our furry, scaly, and winged friends? Read on to learn 10 etymologies from the animal kingdom. Camel: This beast of burden traces its linguistic heritage from the Latin camelus and Greek kamelos.  The word has resonances with the Arabic jamala, which means “to bear” or […]

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  • Interview with Dr. Elaine Gold, Director of the Canadian Language Museum

    Posted on May 5, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    In anticipation of the inaugural meeting of the International Network of Language Museums, we spoke with Elaine Gold, Director of the Canadian Language Museum. For over 20 years, Dr. Gold has taught a variety of courses at the University of Toronto, including Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Languages of Canada, and Canadian English. Here, she speaks with NML […]

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  • Announced: Inaugural Meeting of the International Network of Language Museums

    Posted on April 11, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Events.

    July 3, 2016 will mark the inaugural meeting of the International Network of Language Museums. This collaboration between 11 museums spans 10 countries and 3 continents, and we at the National Museum of Language are pleased to participate as a member organization. This year’s event is hosted by the Centre for Norwegian Language and Literature of the Ivar […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #94

    Posted on April 7, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • The Etymology of Natural Phenomena

    Posted on March 30, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    These meteorological phenomena draw from languages across the world while paying homage to the Proto-Indo-European tree from which so many languages were born. Typhoon: Trailing behind it a multi-ethnic and multilingual history, this word finds resonance in the Greek typon, meaning “whirlwind” and the Persian, Arabic, and Hindi tufan, designating a major cyclone or storm.  […]

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  • Occlusive Discomfort: Why We Mispronounce “Lackadaisical”

    Posted on March 24, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    “I don’t need to worry about getting that report in on time; my boss is very laxadaisical about deadlines.” This fun and whimsical word suffers a beating most every time someone wishes to express how so-and-so maintains a cool, measured, or flippant attitude. Why do we have such a difficult time pronouncing a word we […]

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  • A Lexicographer’s Lot: Interview with Orin Hargraves

    Posted on March 7, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Orin Hargraves began his career in lexicography in 1991 after answering an ad in a London newspaper. Since then, he has contributed language reference material to a variety of publications, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Merriam-Webster. Here, Orin Hargraves speaks with NML Secretary Greg Nedved about the wonderful world of […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #154

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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