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Julia Palmer, Author at Farmville

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Some thoughtful sayings to ponder

This column is dedicated to interesting, inspirational and/or original sayings from mainly U.S. English. A future column will take on proverbs or sayings from other ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Friday, September 25, 2020 6:00 am

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‘Class’ical spelling issues abound

This past academic year was one of the most challenging and unforgettable years many of us have ever had to negotiate. And it was not ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:00 am

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Out of the mouths of children

As we continue to confront the consequences of the coronavirus and deal with the effects, humor is more important than ever. The following collection is ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Friday, May 29, 2020 6:00 am

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Fun with puns and signs

In the spirit of keeping things light and cheery, while keeping a keen eye on our language, today’s column is a hybrid of sorts. The ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Friday, April 24, 2020 6:00 am

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Some levity from church bulletin faux pas

Because we are living in strange and uncertain times, I thought I’d dedicate this column to bringing a smile to your face. The topic for ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:00 am

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More bloopers

‘Tis the season not only for more bloopers but for unpleasant illnesses for students. I received an email from a student who needed something and ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Friday, December 13, 2019 10:05 am

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What’s in a word

A few weeks ago, a colleague in math, who is keenly aware of language patterns and inconsistencies, asked me “If fellow means man, is fellowship ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:43 am

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Books about language

With all the back-to-school preparations and focus, this is a good time for a column dedicated to books about language and linguistics. One of the ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Monday, August 26, 2019 1:50 am

Columns

Duel enrollment, large rolls and participation grapes

If you caught the last episode of “Call the Midwife” you might recall that Fred, the Nonnatus House gardener and handyman was worried he might ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:14 am

Columns

The formation of words

The study of the formation of words is morpohology. Morph is from the Greek meaning form or shape and in linguistics a morpheme is the ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:46 am

Columns

More from the Great British Baking Show

With the enormous popularity of the Great British Baking Show, the U.S. audience enjoys seeing the competition in preparation of challenging dishes and also hearing ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:28 am

Columns

Language bloopers

It’s time for another column on language bloopers, those unexpected and humorous misuses of words and phrases that leave us all chuckling. So, a few ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:44 am

Columns

Translation humor

This semester I’m teaching a class in translation from Spanish to English. One of the texts I enjoy consulting is Jack Child’s Introduction to Spanish ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:06 am

Columns

Toponymy, study of place names

Toponymy is the study of place names and this column explores some of the many interesting and unusual place names in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:37 pm

Columns

Is everything tickety-boo?

It wasn’t too long ago that PBS broadcast a wonderful show from the BBC called “My Mother and other strangers.” The main character, a strongwilled ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:36 am

Columns

De Guatemala a Guatepeor – he and she used as object pronouns

Most of us are familiar with the unfortunate but now common error evident in phrases such as “between you and I” and “with her and ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, June 7, 2018 8:40 am

Columns

Excuse my Finnish!

When Clark Gable’s character delivered the line “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” to Scarlett O’Hara in the movie version of Gone with ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:09 am

Columns

Words with multiple meanings

We are normally comfortable with the fact that a word, at any given time, may have multiple meanings. For example, club can mean “a heavy ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:16 am

Columns

That which troubles us…

From time to time readers contact me with grammar questions. Today’s column is dedicated to answering some of those letters. Dear Dr. Palmer, I don’t ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:10 pm

Columns

Me, myself and I, oh my

Several of us refer to it as “administrator speech” and it is, unfortunately, becoming a little too common. I think that our rhetoric and composition ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:33 am

Columns

Needless repetition or necessary distinction?

I was having dinner with colleagues from my department recently when the topic of redundancy in language came up. One of my friends pointed out that ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:11 am

Columns

Vegetable word histories

Several vegetables common to our gardens come from the Latin word for cabbage “caulis.” Through a series of phonetic changes this Latin word came into ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:25 am

Columns

Myths that make monsters — Part IV

This is the fourth part in a series that challenges four fallacies or myths in our culture’s general perception of language and how it works ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, July 6, 2017 8:09 am

Church & Community

Myths that make monsters — Part III

This column is the third part in a series that challenges four fallacies or myths in our culture’s general perception of language and how it ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:36 am

Columns

Myths that make monsters — Part II

In a previous column, I started a discussion of myths that students often have about how language really works. These myths that students (and society ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, June 1, 2017 7:36 am

Columns

Myths that make monsters — Part I

A few years ago, I experienced something completely unexpected in a college classroom that continues to trouble me. I had been asked by a colleague to ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:20 am

Columns

A bouquet of flower and plant word histories

Many of the flowers commonly found in our gardens have word histories worthy of note. For example, the word daisy is from Old English doegeseage ... Read more

by Julia Palmer, Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:58 am

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