Is it multilingualism in India or multilinguality in India?

I know that multilingualism is the ability to speak more than two languages by a person or a group of persons. India is a classic example of multilingualism. I have seen the word multilinguality. I have searched on google to know the difference between those two words. I could not find answer for my doubt. … Read more

What does it mean to `Muse through a document”?

I remember I learned this word “muse” while listening to a vocabulary builder audiobook. I believe it meant “to go through a document very carefully”. I tried to google the meaning of the word but I could not find anything except “a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative … Read more

Draw, drawed, and drewn

Is drewn an english word? Can we use it as a past participle of draw? Answer It needs to be understood that words arrived in the English language through about a hundred different paths — starting from Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Scottish, or Irish, then often ping-ponging back and forth between Old … Read more

What’s “red leech” here?

Let me ask about the word I’m not sure about its meaning from The Golden Pince-nez by Conan Doyle. As I turn over the pages, I see my notes upon the repulsive story of the red leech and the terrible death of Crosby, the banker. What I want to know is whether the word “red … Read more

How did the Idiom “Tit for Tat “get the current usage?

I have referred to the dictionary and found the following meanings. Tit -a small bird that searches acrobatically for insects among foliage and branches. Tat – Low quality Tit for Tat means The infliction of an Injury or Insult in return for one that one has suffered. In Indian Languages we have a similar Idiom … Read more

Adjectives’ morphology

Why is “extravagant” a word and “vagant” isn’t? Here is what OET has to say on “extravagant”: late 14c., in constituciouns extravagaunt, a term in Canon Law for papal decrees not originally included or codified in the Decretals, from Medieval Latin extravagantem (nominative extravagans), present participle of extravagari “wander outside or beyond,” from Latin extra … Read more

Existential vs existing tells us the differences between existential and existing. Could you give me situations/examples where they are exchangeable, where only one is suitable while the other isn’t? For example, I heard that Bernie Sanders agrees somehow that he is viewed as an existential threat by Democratic establishment. (In contrast, Elizabeth Warren recently showed to Democratic … Read more

” you are cold” is ambiguous in English”

In describing living creatures English is ambiguous. Even if we leave aside possible figurative meanings, “you are cold” may signify either that you are externally cold when someone touches you-cold in the sense that an inaminate object is cold- or that you feel cold to yourself internally. There appears to be no way to remove … Read more

Teach + Uncommon Object

After I asked a question on Psychology and Neuroscience SE, some confusion arose over my use of the phrase ‘to teach a disorder’ I was told that ‘to teach a disorder’ is a poor choice of words when trying to convey that … I am not asking whether people can be taught but whether the … Read more