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Story of the Celts: Who are the Celts?
The ancient Celts were a group of culturally similar peoples who once occupied most of central and western Europe, north of the Greco-Roman world. Perhaps the most common cultural characteristic of the ancient Celts were the Celtic languages, a branch of the...
History & Anthropology >> Celtic & Irish

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Column: Yes, 'aks' is a real, legitimate English verb
In linguistic terminology, this transposition, or swapping of sounds, is called metathesis, and it accounts for the pronunciation of words like 'iron' and 'asterisk.
Finding New Words for Nature
For example, English words are subject to “metathesis”, a technical term which means that two adjacent sounds switch with each other. My goal is for people to become aware of these processes, own them, and use them as tools to play with language to see ...
Unearthing the etymology of 'tau' and 'leo'
'Loê', therefore, is a linguistic metathesis of 'Leo' (whereby syllables are transposed usually as a result of 'lexical borrowing'). In short, we borrowed 'Leo' (Indo-European) though we had the proto-term le-one.
Homegrown Spirits: Crazy little thing called shrub
A quick linguistics lesson: Metathesis is when the letters get mixed up in a word, but the two variations still share the same meaning. So shrub came to Colonial America from 17th-century England where this method of fruit preservation was known as “shurb.
Crossing the threshold: Why “thresh ~ thrash”?
This is not a complication because r is the most frequent partner in the game of leapfrog called metathesis (compare Engl. burn and burst versus German brennen and bresten). The real problem is the variation e ~ a.

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