In an earlier post on this blog, we wrote about word knowledge limbo
, citing research that shows that our brains don’t travel directly from “not knowing” a word to “knowing it.” In this post, we’ll talk about what it means when you do finally get there. What does it mean to know a word?
I recently witnessed one of those lightbulb illuminating moments when someone suddenly "got it." What this language learner "got" was the difference between adjectives and nouns prefixed with un
-, and verbs prefixed with un
-. The adjective/noun becomes negative, but the verb typically has its action reversed: un
usual vs. un
wrap, for example.
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. So many of us learned that outrageous mouthful of a word at an early age, when it was truly a verbal milestone to be able to pronounce it without getting tongue-tied. And just saying the word is an invitation to start singing the song from the classic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins
. But how did the word come to be? When I heard the news that one of the Mary Poppins
songwriters passed away last month, I set about to answer that question, taking me down many unexpected alleyways of 20th-century popular culture.
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