I’m half-tempted to post comments that consist soley of this link on every Maureen Dowd column ever written.
Fun with Nomenclature! Ach! →
On the always-entertaining Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog, an offhand comment about the seemingly random insertion of extra vowels into the names of Scottish Highland Heroes led to a discussion of Gaelic vocatives (!). The post also included a tidbit entirely new to me: “To English speakers the different cases sometimes sound like two different names, so the second form of the name has...
The Linguists. →
So this is what certainly appears to be an extremely interesting documentary about two linguistics professors’ search for dying languages throughout the world. I wouldn’t know, because it was supposed to air on PBS last night but WNET here in New York apparently had other ideas. And I can’t find it anywhere on the upcoming schedule. Suffice it to say, someone’s not getting...
Translating "The Economist" Behind China's Great... →
A group of about 240 Mandarin-speakers are translating The Economist in order to distribute the content in China. A fascinating article about the mechanics of group translation and the challenges of media censorship in the PRC. (Via waxy.org)
Elderly Woman Scares Off Robbers With Pot. →
This story was a lot less interesting than the headline led me to believe.
"Oldest English words" identified. →
“Reading University researchers say ‘I’, ‘we’, ‘two’ and ‘three’ are among the oldest in use and could date back thousands of years.” (From BBC News)
In Twitter news, @THE_REAL_SHAQ apparently met Mickey Rourke tonight. This is essentially the adult-Elizabeth equivalent of the creation of kitten-unicorn hybrids. There is literally no upper limit to the amount of money I would have spent to be present at that meeting.
Gore Verbinski to develop "Clue." →
Flames … on the side of my face. Breathing … breath … heaving breaths.
The World in Words →
I was just reminded of this wonderful collection of language-related podcasts. Very much worth a listen.
John Gibson Did Not Compare Eric Holder To Monkey... →
Rourke’s uncanny resemblance to Marlon Brando—both in his Method intensity and...– The Onion A.V. Club
Dinosaurs Fucking Robots. →
It is what it says.
We’ll scour the country for the kind of publicity-hungry babe for whom...– David Mitchell, on finding a new girlfriend for Prince Harry (from The Observer)
I am a woman. And this is a bridge. And despite our vast differences, we are very much in love.
Bacteria Talk →
Sayeth molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler: “And we’re starting to think that bacteria are multilingual. So they have a language that’s, say, English; they have their own molecule that they talk to each other with. And another species of bacteria, they’re the French, and they have their own molecule. But then there’s a language, and you can think of it like Esperanto,...
New Jersey Plant Is Called Source of Sweet Smell →
I think it’s safe to say that nobody saw that one coming.
As I’m sure you are aware, one of your flock has strayed. A Miss Paris...– Ricky Gervais’s modest proposal for a US-UK tart swap
(Some background: I finally caved and added the NYT Most-Emailed List to my RSS feed, if only because I’m beginning to accept that “Didja read that editorial/review/retarded trend piece in the New York Times today?” is the bourgeois equivalent of “How ‘bout them Yankees/Steelers/whatever team is relevant to your geographical and socioeconomic condition?” Given...