Monthly Archives: October 2013

When is a dwarf not a dwarf?

Recently, I saw a trailer for the soon-to-be-released second part of Peter Jackson’s epic film interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It got me thinking about a story I’d once heard about the word dwarf and its plural forms. Research … Continue reading

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If a pyramid has rungs, does a ladder have steps?

A brief post, simply to scratch a linguistic itch. Gliding very gently into first place as the worst mixed metaphor of the week is: “You’re the lowest rung on the pyramid.” As bad mixed metaphors go this is pretty tame, … Continue reading

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