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Glossary

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A labyrinth is a regularly-shaped design that allows someone to walk a path through the design. Flat, on the ground, usually circular, it is considered soothing, or meditative to walk the path. Some labyrinths have a different path out of the design once someone has walked to the center.


Also see: Landline

What used to be called a phone or telephone is now distinguished as a landline because it plugs into a telephone line in the wall. These lines are laid underground or above ground on telephone poles, continuing until they connect to the house of the person being  called. This is distinct from cell phones that are connected, wirelessly to a cell phone tower that passes signals to another tower, by line of sight, until reaching a tower near the cell phone being  called.

A legacy is what someone leaves behind when they die. It may be money, memories or a place, activity, event or artistic creation for which they were responsible.


Also see: Condolence

A printing convention in which two letters are joined as a single unit. This was generally because two letters joined indicated they were pronounced as a single letter instead of separately and started with scribes who, for speed, joined two letters next to each other with left-facing and right-facing bowls. This convention is largely being dropped in favor of selecting one letter closest to the pronunciation or including both letters separately, leaving readers to learn that they are pronounced distinctively, not phonetically. Examples are amoeba  (the o and e used to be joined in a ligature) and encyclopedia (the second e used to be preceded and joined with an a in a ligature).

Linguistics is the study of language, how it is acquired, especially infants, how it is taught, and the history of the development of the family of languages.