Aspects of Language
This popular Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 11.30am to 1.00pm.
Etymology is the study of the origins and development of words. We take a broad view of the definition, and include, as well as ordinary words, personal and place names, trade names, 'imported' words and other related topics - eponyms, euphemisms, acronyms, onomatopoeia, etc. Under the heading of 'language' we consider the development of modern languages from their classical and prehistoric ancestors, the use (and occasional misuse) of words, and entertaining topics like word games, figures of speech, parody and many others.
The sessions are of wide interest, non-academic, with audience participation positively encouraged.
Jan 5. Origins of language and development of English
Feb 2. Etymology of money. Peter Heimler
Mar 2. Cancelled
Apr 6. Welsh place-names
May 4. Idioms
Jun 1. Figures of speech
Jul 6. Quiz - Wildlife homonyms
August - No meeting
Sept 7 Archaisms and Obscurities
Oct 5. Shakespeare's words. (Marilyn Pratt)
Nov 2. Scientific Curiosities (John Pratt)
Dec 7. More Idioms
Jan 4 Words in Chaos
Feb 1st Between You and I – Helen Thresher