Owl About Words: Sowing One’s Oats?

This month, we're going to talk about a word that has travelled to so many lands, acquiring new meanings in each place, that you wonder if that's why it's become linguistic luggage now. In fact, the word in its original sense is hardly used these days. The word is haverel and the Scots use it… Continue reading Owl About Words: Sowing One’s Oats?

Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?

The conversation these days is all about restarting the economy. Whether in India, or elsewhere in the world everyone is preoccupied with ways of getting the economy restarted. And one word that invariably comes up in such discussions is "engine" as in engines of growth. How did the word engine come to mean something that… Continue reading Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?