Latest Donald MacQueen Stories

2009-07-08 11:04:33

A Swedish doctoral student has tracked changes in English language usage, examining the world million and how its usage has morphed. Donald MacQueen of Uppsala University said he used historical collections that include everything ever written in a dozen U.S. and British newspapers, including news, features, editorials and classified advertisements. In his English linguistics dissertation, MacQueen examined the word million, especially how language usage shifted from the previously nearly...

2009-06-26 10:16:05

Historical collections that include everything ever written in a dozen American and British newspapers since they started are now available electronically. Donald MacQueen from Uppsala University, Sweden, has carried out the first comprehensive study that makes use of this resource in order to track changes in language usage, a method that makes it possible to attain an entirely new degree of precision in dating.The gigantic newspaper archives contain news and feature articles as well as...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'