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Lingua Obscura: A New Linguistics Column

A linguistics column that will uncover curious stories of language use from all around the world--written by a linguist.
Paperback copies J.R.R. Tolkien's classics: The Hobbit; The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien the Philologist

Before The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist, a specialist in historical texts.
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The Early American Origins of Political Terms

What does stump speech and pork barrel mean? A short lexicon of American political terms.