Now that hat season is in full swing, we thought it would be nice to have a look at some of the good bits of 2014 at English Language & Usage.
First of all, some congratulations to members who hit 20K reputation this year:*
- Jon Hanna
- Mr Hen
- Yoichi Oishi
- Mari-Lou A
- Edwin Ashworth
- Sven Yargs
Job well done.
On a similar note, some of the more interesting gold badges earned this year:
Three questions from this year that caught our attention (in a good way)
- Why did /x/ change to /f/ in English? The question exposes an interesting shift in English pronunciation and has an answer that gives a nice explanation for how the change took place and shows where the sound still exists in other languages.
- Who originated “Merry Christmas”? A nice topical question for the time of year. It opens with a potted history of the phrase, and the answer takes us the rest of the way with some interesting tidbits.
- Is there a general rule for which types of nouns end in -archy vs. -cracy? While the question body is somewhat lack-lustre, the most upvoted answer is insightful giving a helpful comparison of the two suffixes.
Thanks to all our members for helping make EL&U the thriving community that it is. Thanks for an enjoyable 2014 and have a happy 2015!
*Thanks to the SE team for compiling the list. Since this was done in the middle of December more folks may have passed the line.