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Cities Less Traveled: Trekking a Different Side of Tokyo

You might want to consider stepping off of the main streets and back into the alleys if you want a unique experience on your trip to Tokyo. The many narrow lanes throughout Tokyo are called yokocho alleys, and walking down these alleys will transport you to a funky and not-so-well-known side of Tokyo. Show More Summary

The Conditional Entente

John McIntyre's "Grammarnoir 7: 'The Corpus Had a Familiar Face'" is available at The Baltimore Sun. At the start of the story, a thug with "fists the size of Westphalian hams and the cold, dead eyes of a community press content coach" strong-arms John's narrator into a big room "with a glass wall overlooking a formal garden. Around […]

“Take our words away”: Hyperbolic fear of Australia’s Indigenous heritage

Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school's teaching of Australia's National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist Lauren Gawne responds.

AN News: “Digital Counterpublics: Black Twitter in the Aftermath of Ferguson” by Marian Durrani (University of Pennsylvania)

Anthropology News Article On November 24, 2014, St Louis prosecutor McCulloch announced that the grand jury trial did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. As the news media reports and subsequent protests unfolded, the Twittersphere erupted in thousands of tweets condemning the non-indictment, especially given his self-confessed shooting of an [...]

Huevo Makes Some Great Rancheros!

A menu in Louisiana, probably typed up by someone who doesn’t know a single bit of Spanish… (Thanks, Simone!)

World Champion’s

Found in a woodworking shop. “Dishe’s” is particularly awesome. (Thanks, Jeremy Holler!)

Even on a UK Government website!

FAQ’s is common – and unnecessary. What’s wrong with just FAQ? Now the ‘s has contaminated the full phrase! (Thanks, PhilB!)

A Magical Gift-Machine, Perhaps?

Something that Santa owns gives out gifts to good girls and boys. This is on a convenience store in Savannah, GA. (Thanks, Alice!)

When did Turkey get his own phone number?

Had to pull over and circle back to get a photo of this abuse. (Thanks, Scott Browne!)

You can’t have it both ways

I always find it hilarious when someone inconsistently applies an apostrophe. Take this sign from Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts, for example. Why did the sign maker add an apostrophe and an S to “salad” and “gyro” but not “burgers” and “corn dogs”? (Thanks, Jennifer Estabrooks!)

Your/You’re Confusion: Smile!

“Professional” sticker on shop window at local shops January 2015. (Thanks, Tim Jensen!)

Psychic Visions

One line: two errors The abused hyphen between “walk” and “in’s” functions neither as a hyphen nor a dash. It’s more like a “limbo hyphen.” Meanwhile, the apostrophe simply feels like the Psy Chic is simply piling on. Location: New York City, Dec. 2014 (Thanks, Jim V!)

Half Man, Half Book.

I’m running behind in catching up with my NYRB subscription, so I’m still making my way through the issue from last Dec. 4, and I’ve gotten to Christian Caryl’s review (paywalled, I’m afraid) of Gerard Russell’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East; I feel compelled to pass along […]

An existential question

Q: What exactly does “existential” mean when used to modify such nouns as “threat” and “crisis”? A: On a literal level, the adjective “existential” means “of or pertaining to existence,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. So, for example, an “existential threat” would be a threat to existence—that is, to life. Show More Summary


Monumenta altaica is a cornucopia of everything Altaic-related; the site language is Russian, but if you look down the books and articles page you’ll see plenty of titles in other languages, e.g.,G. Doerfer, Türkische und Mongolische Elemente im Neupersischen (3 vols.); V. Drimba, Syntaxe Comane; S. E. Martin, Dagur Mongolian: Grammar, Text, and Lexicon; and […]

LINGUIST list fund drive

A message from some of the Wisconsin linguists … Folks, Most of you know that LINGUIST is now doing their annual fund drive. For five years, we had the privilege of editing book reviews for LINGUIST and we know very well how much time...Show More Summary

How to Use a Memory Palace to Boost Your Vocabulary

The clever use of mnemonics is something I talk about a lot when I try to get beginner language learners into acquiring new words quickly. It’s vastly superior to the “rote learning” technique we tend to use in school. That’s why I’m...Show More Summary

Himunk City Love: Best of New York City Hotels with Awesome Eats

The city of New York is famous for its skyline, museums, Broadway shows, and so much more. There is never a shortage of things to do in New York City, and there is never a shortage of wonderful places to eat. New York is home to an innovative, diverse restaurant scene. Show More Summary

Chikungunya and Dengue.

Scott B. Halstead’s “Reappearance of Chikungunya, Formerly Called Dengue, in the Americas” (Emerg. Infect. Dis. 21, April 2015) is an interesting look at a confusing situation of diseases and disease names; the abstract says: After an absence of ?200 years, chikungunya returned to the American tropics in 2013. The virus is maintained in a complex […]

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