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HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier

October 29 – November 1, 2020

Check this site in August for information about our 45th WeeM!

Program Details 2019*


A More-or-Less Concise History of the English Language


English is one of the world’s most mystifying languages, especially when it comes to spelling and pronunciation! Take, for example, the words rough, trough, laugh, through, and tough. For a lingua franca, it’s fabulously frustrating. After her 2018 WeeM presentation titled "Latin to Spanish," Jen had a request to expound on the various vagaries of the English idiom. In this presentation, she hopes to distill centuries of linguistic history into a concise and cogent summary of the wonders of our mother tongue.

Presenter’s Name

Jennifer Murtoff

Presenter’s Bio

Jennifer Murtoff has a master's degree in Hispanic linguistics from (The) Ohio State University. A wanna-be polyglot from age three, she has used her language abilities for medical translation; reading Roman inscriptions; teaching chicken-keeping classes; having a multi-cultural jam session in Ravenna; getting directions from a Swiss German postal bus driver; editing novels; chatting with Brazilians on a cruise ship; and ordering pharmaceuticals in Russia, Italy, Montenegro, and Colombia.

*Note: This program was offered last year and may or may not be offered again this year.

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