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"No underestimating the headache"

Ellen Eldridge and Raisa Habersham, "I-85 collapses after massive fire: ‘The entire bridge is compromised’", Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3/31/2017: The bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 near Piedmont Road collapsed about 7 p.m., Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Show More Summary

Advances in birdsong modeling

Eve Armstrong and Henry Abarbanel, "Model of the songbird nucleus HVC as a network of central pattern generators", Journal of neurophysiology, 2016: We propose a functional architecture of the adult songbird nucleus HVC in which the core element is a "functional syllable unit" (FSU). In this model, HVC is organized into FSUs, each of which provides the […]

Shemagh.

A MetaFilter post included a video on “how to wear a shemagh,” and I left a comment saying: In case anybody else is ignorant/curious, like me, it turns out a shemagh is what I knew as a keffiyeh; Wiktionary says it’s “British military use, from Arabic ?????? (šm??).” Which would explain why Yanks like me […]

It’s bad enough that Cox internet costs go up and up, but when they add fees for services you did not ask for, it just feels like fraud.

It’s bad enough that Cox internet costs go up and up, but when they add fees for services you did not ask for, it just feels like fraud. It's bad enough that Cox internet costs go up and up, but when they add fees for services you did not ask for, it just feels like […]

Sinological suffering

Since I became a Sinologist in 1972, hardly a day has passed when I didn't spend an hour or two vainly searching for a character or expression in my vast arsenal of Chinese reference works.  The frustration of not being able to find what I'm looking for is so agonizing that I sometimes simply have […]

SLA 2017 Undergraduate Student Essay Contest

Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) confers an award for a distinguished undergraduate research paper.  Selected winners will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, November 29 – Dec 3 2017.  In addition, the winning essay will be considered for publication […]

How to Speak French: The Faster Way to Learn French

So you want to learn how to speak French? Très bien !! Millions of language learners around the world are already learning French, so you’re in great company. And you can learn to speak French fluently faster than you think. Yes, some aspects of French can be difficult, just like with any language. Show More Summary

Is might (v.) a kin of might (n.)?

Q: I can’t recall seeing any discussion on the two usages of “might” in “It might happen if I try with all my might.” Care to discuss? A: This may surprise you. The verb “may” and its past tense “might” ultimately come from the same prehistoric ancestor as the noun “might.” So the two forms... ? Read More: Is might (v.) a kin of might (n.)?

We’re almost at 2500 responses for the nodding/shaking your head survey! Take it and share it. Let’s figure it out! https://t.co/cJoGwTWWYh

We’re almost at 2500 responses for the nodding/shaking your head survey! Take it and share it. Let’s figure it out! https://t.co/cJoGwTWWYh We're almost at 2500 responses for the nodding/shaking your head survey! Take it and share it. Show More Summary

Novy Mir Online.

Novy Mir, the famous Russian (ex-Soviet) monthly literary magazine that published so many works that are now classics, has been putting its archives online; I got the news via XIX ???, where Erik says “as of now they have most of 1925-30, everything since mid-1993, and isolated issues in between.” I have a treasured collection […]

What is a vamp, and how do you re- one?

Or maybe, "What is vamping, and how could the Trump administration redo it?"  Perhaps because I was very tired, that was my reaction to this story by Nia-Malika Henderson, "April Ryan asked the most important question of the Trump presidency", CNN 3/30/2017: After a contentious — and some said condescending, sexist and racist — back-and-forth with White […]

You're a cow

From David Cragin: I was exchanging WeChats with a friend and she called me a cow, i.e.,  “N? niú de ???.”  It immediately made me laugh because calling someone a cow isn’t a good way to engender warm feelings in English.  H? ?!, but I guessed that in Chinese it must be a compliment. I […]

Das Empire.

I’m only on the first chapter of Dominic Lieven’s The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution, but I can already tell it’s going to be one of those books I’ll recommend to people for years to come — I have to pause after just about every paragraph to think […]

Help us sort out changing meanings in “nodding” and “shaking” your head! Take the survey and share it: https://t.co/3xtBVRbJLj

Help us sort out changing meanings in “nodding” and “shaking” your head! Take the survey and share it: https://t.co/3xtBVRbJLj Help us sort out changing meanings in "nodding" and "shaking" your head! Take the survey and share it: https://t.co/3xtBVRbJLj — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) March 29, 2017 http://twitter.com/GrantBarrett/status/847149170364428288

It’s medieval, albeit still with us

Q: I heard a radio DJ the other day, on a jazz station, using “albeit,” which is a nice word. I wonder if it’s a short form of an earlier phrase in the language. A: We’ve mentioned “albeit” a couple of times on the blog, most recently in a 2015 post about the phrase “at... ? Read More: It’s medieval, albeit still with us

The Goethe Dictionary.

Gero Schliess reports on what the title accurately calls a “mammoth task”: Precisely 70 years ago, the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin initiated the huge project of the Goethe dictionary – a lexicon precisely listing, describing and explaining every single word used by Goethe in his poems, dramas, letters, official writings and scientific essays. […]

Dan Everett at TEDxPenn

On Saturday, April 1, the TEDx series comes to the University of Pennsylvania, and the TEDxPenn website explains that the event's thematic phrase "Rise and Run" is intentionally polysemic—the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. On the one hand, rise and  run is a reference to the mathematical description of slopes, positive growth, upward […]

How to use Social Media for Instant French Immersion

Can you get French immersion through French social media? Of course you can! In fact, using social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in French. Think about it this way: Cost of a round-trip...Show More Summary

Haba: mysterious Mandarin morpheme for "pug"

There's a town called H?b?tún ??? (where tún ? means "village, hamlet; camp; station") in Ch?ngpíng q? ??? ("Changping District") of Beijing.  The name sounds odd and the first two characters are unusual.  It is said to date back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) when it was a Mongol military encampment.  Southerners supposedly referred to […]

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