Archive for February, 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The Influence of Flemish Trade on the English Language

Jake Decker While both originating from the language family of Proto-Germanic, Dutch and English have evolved in close proximity to one another for hundreds of years. A surprising amount of loan words exist in the English language originating from Dutch but most of this lexical change happened during the period of Middle-English.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

The Language of Hockey

Nathaniel Wingerak While sitting on the team bus during a three-hour road trip to Wilcox, amidst the expletives and insults I hear someone yell out the ridiculous phrase “Hey sauce me my sandy!” A teammate then proceeds to hand him his sandwich. This type of chatter was everywhere in hockey; on the road, in the […]

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Klutz, putz, schmuck and all the dreck in between: Yiddish pejoratives in English

Quinnton Weiman After spending the past few months with my nose in books about the topic, and shlepping them all over between the Murray library and student coffee klatches around town, I’ve decided to finally quit my kvetching and get this blog post written. It is no small task to sift through the storied, thousand-year-old […]