Closer wor(l)ds – a blog for linguists

13 November 2014
Holding mint leaves

10 Romanian idioms to celebrate the Day of Multilingual Blogging 2014

  Happy Day of Multilingual Blogging! I had initially thought of writing this post in Romanian, but realised the audience would be slightly more limited :). […]
13 May 2014
Letters and a quote

5 interesting oddities and rules of the English language

The English language is fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes downright scary. It consists of the best and worst elements of ancient languages, and not even native speakers […]
14 March 2014
Languages

Constructed languages

The day that human civilisation realized that it could actually ‘concoct’ languages artificially instead of having to use existing ‘natural’ tongues, constructed languages were born. Conlangs, […]
21 August 2013
Carrots pan

Guess the idiom (multilingual)

While on Twitter these days, I came across a resource with the strangest/funniest idioms in different languages and remembered a session during my studies where we had […]
04 June 2013
Stone inscription

Ancient languages of the world

When asked, most people have no idea that there are so many ancient languages that have graced historic times on this planet. At least 12 distinct […]