Monthly Archives: May 2011

Clink, clank, clunk

Continuing the discussion of click and similar words in German, French and Spanish, here’s an interesting comment from the Oxford English Dictionary: “In English and Germanic generally, [click] appears to stand in ablaut relation to clack, as expressing a thinner … Continue reading

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Who Clicked First?

Sometimes I giggle when I come across foreign but oddly familiar terms on websites in languages other than English. “Klicken Sie hier, “Cliquez ici,” “Haga clic aquí.” Isn’t that cute the way the Germans, French and Spanish have adopted our … Continue reading

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Night owls and early birds

Are you a night owl or an early bird? Maybe you’re not avian at all, but more like a lemur. Ian Tattersal coined the term cathemeral in 1979 to describe an animal whose activity is ‘evenly throughout the 24 h … Continue reading

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