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Filed Under:Academics / Linguistics
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Archived Since:December 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Baseball Linguistics

In honor of the Detroit Tiger's home opener today, I thought I would share some links to posts about baseball and language. Earlier this week, Ben Yagoda at Lingua Franca wrote about the "pluralification of sports-teams names" in a post titled Play Ball(s). Show More Summary

Banging a Left in Boston

Thankfully, I did not have to "bang a left" while visiting Boston this past week; I left all the driving to the expertise of the hacks (that way I didn't have to "pahk" a car either). I have no problem "hanging a left" or parking inShow More Summary

Mondegreen Singing Kittens

I would never normally post something like this but it was just too cute. I mean the kitten really looks like it is singing.

Playing With Vietnamese Food

Or at least a quote from the menu. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I had never had Vietnamese food prior to yesterday. I sure have missed out. It was th?m ngon. It also inspired me to play with a quote that was on the menu. “?n...Show More Summary

Semantic Swapping

A semantic phenomenon, similar to the phonetic one I wrote about in Phonetic Typing Errors, occurred recently while I was writing a freelance article about flamingos. When I write, I often toss ideas around in my head while I am doing other things like walking the dog or making dinner. Show More Summary

Found in Translation

My cousin recently sent me a link to this UK DailyMailOnline post titled "Lost in translation: Hilarious advice signs from foreign airports... where their English leaves a little to be desired." I prefer to label posts like this "found...Show More Summary

The Wonderful Wondermark Linguistics Major

Click on images to enlarge. The rollover: "How often does somebody actually WONDER ABOUT ETYMOLOGY in my PRESENCE?? You GOTTA give me this!!" The rollover: Kidding! Of course it means 'a statement with a one...Show More Summary

In a Symbol

Futility Closet is one of my regular reads and I especially enjoy the "In a Word" posts. Last week one of the featured words was pilcrow and it was accompanied by an image of the named symbol ( ¶ ) along with the definition. pilcrow n. the paragraph sign I couldn't resist playing with the name of the post, the word, and the image. Thus, In a Symbol, literally.

Golden Grammar

I wish I could give credit where it is due but I received this as an email and I don't know who created it. I sure do love it though.

Author Q&A with Donald Freidman

You're My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People is the new book by Donald Friedman with illustrations by J.C. Suarès. It is a wonderful and entertaining book for dog lovers and word lovers alike with over 140 canine-based terms,...Show More Summary

Book Review - You're My Dawg, Dog: a Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

by Donald Friedman with illustrations by J.C. Suarès I would say I was as happy as a clam while reading You're My Dawg, Dog, but a dog with two tails fits the bill better. As a person who loves playing with words almost as much as IShow More Summary

The Semiotics of Logos II - More Lookalikes

I happened to have seen these two logos within an hour or so of each other yesterday and I was struck by the similarity between them. While I had seen them both before and am familiar with them, I had never noticed how alike they are. It...Show More Summary

Determining the Determiner

I noticed these two images going around as "shares" on Facebook today. Of course it had to be the Texas image that included the "Test Your Knowledge..." title. Perhaps 94.5 The Buzz (the original poster of the image) should test their...Show More Summary

Pardon me ... but this video is hilarious and I'm not mistaken.

From the Grey Poupon YouTube page: "GREY POUPON began in 1777 in Dijon, France, when Maurice Grey met his associate, Auguste Poupon. The duo paired as exquisitely as champagne and caviar, and soon they would create the world's finest...Show More Summary

Happy Valentine's Day, Then and Than

I received the following image as Valentine's Day text message from a friend who loves Fireball. I'm not sure where it originated and I have been unable to find the image on line but it does provide the perfect set up for a review of the difference between then and than. For example: He drank some whisky and then he had dinner. Show More Summary

Searching for Sugar Man's Lyrics

The movie, the story it told, and the music were all incredible. I only wish I had learned of Rodríguez before he played at a local venue this past November; I would have been there for sure. The first thing I did after watching this outstanding, Oscar-nominated documentary was order the soundtrack. Show More Summary

Second Verse, Same as the First

Just read it in reverse: First let me say that I’m cursed. I’m a poet who gets time reversed. Reversed time, Gets who poet a I’m, Cursed I’m that say me let first. Spotted this at Futility Closet I couldn't resist sharing. Sharing resist, couldn't I.

For the Love of Language and Math - Expanded

[(N + H)ow + (T + W)hat](I know). How would you expand this expression? If you think like famous mathematician Norman Anning, you would read it as: Now I know how I know that I know what I know. Norman Herbert Anning (August 28, 1883...Show More Summary

For the Love of Language and Math

[(N + H)ow + (T + W)hat](I know). How would you expand this expression? More information coming soon.

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