English words do not inflect much; in fact you could claim that English is almost a non-inflectious language. […]
Every so often, I see some English which strikes me as being odd or unusual. This time it […]
Sometimes chasing the origin and meanings of an apparently simple English word gives us a glimpse of a […]
In a language with so many words, this is another which has several different meanings, which seem to be growing away from their origins.
Adding in- as a prefix in English turns out to be more complex than it at first seems. All you have to know is the meaning of in- and the origin of the word.
From a brave king, to the pungent taste of mustard, with a wail on the side – all in the one word.
How it came to be raining, but the weather will be fine and sunny.
A single origin, many different meanings, and some irregularities to provoke the odd peeve.
This odd preposition can also appear as a postposition, but does not behave much like either.
If you were looking for a ‘good’ night out with a ‘bad’ man or woman, would you prefer someone who was amoral, immoral, or non-moral? Here comes a strange trip into English morphology…