Category Archives: Language


Hysterically funny: Voice Recognition & Scottish Accents

A friend of mine (Squibstress) shared this recently, and I’m passing it on. It’s so funny, it’s got to be good medicine for just about anything.

From “Burnistoun”



Hottest Fic Clicks & other miscellanea

Stan ShunpikeDo you ever glance at the “Hottest Clicks” for this site? They’re usually pretty opaque — if they lead to a page on the Petulant Poetess or An Archive of Our Own, for example, you’ll see the domain, but the individual page will just be identified by numbers.

To help you decipher these links, here are the most popular fic clicks for the past 90 days on the Petulant Poetess, An Archive of Our Own, and Continue reading


BBC News – Hardtalk – David Hare: Writing ‘has now become my life’. A bit of a twitterish post here, but I thought that anyone who writes might be interested in seeing this snippet of an interview with David Hare, … Continue reading

Muggle, n.4 : Oxford English Dictionary

J.K. Rowling - Borders books

An Example of a Muggle, a rather superior Muggle with a gift for story-telling.

Today’s OED Word-of-the-Day is “Muggle,” as in, “Whoa! Look at all those Muggles queueing up! Wonder what they’re all waiting for!”

Muggle, n.4 : Oxford English Dictionary.

The OED defines Muggle as, “In the fiction of J. K. Rowling: a person who possesses no magical powers. Hence in allusive and extended uses: a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way.”

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maleficium, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

Faust, by RembrandtAnd today’s OED Word-of-the-Day, in honor (or honour!) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

maleficium, n. : Oxford English Dictionary. (Plural maleficia.)

The OED informs us the English “maleficium” comes from the classical Latin, maleficium, meaning evil deed, injury, sorcery.

The first definition offered for the English “maleficium” is: “An act of witchcraft performed with the intention of causing damage or injury; the resultant harm; (also) the power of Satan (rare). Now hist.”

Definition 1.b. is: “A potion or poison, used esp. in witchcraft.”

There are some great examples of the use of maleficium over the years. Drop by the OED in the next day or so to see the full entry.

In the meantime avoid any Death Eaters or other perpetrators of maleficia!

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