It’s always fun to keep up with collective nouns for groups of different animals. This article from Mental Floss has some I’d not heard of. A walk of snails (or an escargatoire) A coterie of prairie dogs. A bale of turtles. A wisdom of wombats. Among others. Some sound made up, but the ones I …

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I’m reading Meredith Lake’s fascinating ‘cultural history’ The Bible In Australia. I can’t recall ever encountering the word ‘colporteur’ before, but Lake in referring to the activity of agents of a variety of societies that were dedicated to the distribution of Bibles and religious literature uses the label Colporteur. A variety of online dictionaries define …

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An interview by Julie Beck of The Atlantic featuring N.J. Enfield, a professor of linguistics from Sydney, that explains how vocal fillers like ‘um’ are as much a part of spoken communication as other parts of speech. An excerpt: One of the big traffic signals that manages that is these hesitation markers like “um” and …

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