Puget Sound English Department

August 24, 2010

Glamourous Grammar

Filed under: Lectures/Presentations/Debates,Uncategorized — ATH @ 7:16 am

Etymologists and Classicists may well be aware that the word “glamour” has its origins in “grammar” (from Greece, by way of Scotland) and that erudition and enchantment are closely related, at least historically. Today at noon, Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW’s program The Conversation features Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar (Little, Brown, & Co., $19.99), available here.

You can tune in at FM 94.9, or download the podcast from The Conversation’s site, above. Learn how to dazzle with a semi-colon, or woo with (effectively) invented words. We confess, we like the revised image of the grammarian as enthralling (enthrall, from the Old Norse, for “slave or servant,” by way of the Old English for “bondman or serf”).

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