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

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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.

This is Not a Bunch of Bunk

Earlier this month, Wayne State University's Word Warriors released its fourth annual list of "eminently useful words that should be brought back to enrich our language." Included in their list of "top 10 words worth reviving" is the...Show More Summary

Typography Terms

I was trying to figure out how to adjust the kerning in an an MS Word document when I came across this wonderfully appropriate newer term that is related to kerning. Keming In 2008, photographer David Friedman coined the term "keming" on his blog, defining it as improper use of kerning. Show More Summary

Phonetics, Numbers and Memory

Where do phonetics, numbers and memory meet? The answer to the question from last week's post Happy Sinuous Idiom - A New Year's Quiz is The Major System. The following is excerpted from the Wikipedia page titled Mnemonic major system: The...Show More Summary

Electronic Reading

I asked my friend to hand me a newspaper. "Don't be silly," she replied, "use my iPad." That spider never knew what hit it.

Happy Sinuous Idiom - A New Year's Quiz

Happy Science Wisdom Happy Ions Teem Happy Knees Esteem Happy Noisy Dime Happy Nice Theme Where do phonetics, numbers and memory meet? Answers are welcome in comments. Image credits here.

The 12th Day of Christmas (linguist's version)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Twelve dialects humming, Eleven parsers parsing, Ten words aligning, Nine lemmas leading, Eight memes a-morphing, Seven sounds a-switching, Six /i/ s a-lowering, Five right-branchings, Four helping verbs, Three French phones, Two purple wugs, And a sentence as a parse tree!

False Cognates

False cognates are pairs of words in the same or different languages that are similar in form and meaning but have different roots. That is, they appear to be, or are sometimes considered, cognates, when in fact they are not. pepperShow More Summary

Pairs Well With Hexads

pair v. paired, pair·ing, pairs 1. To arrange in sets of two; couple. 2. To join in a pair; mate. 3. To provide a partner for. v. pair - bring two objects, ideas, or people together Unless the definition of the verb pair has changed recently, shouldn't the copy on this bag of lettuce read "Hexads well with... Show More Summary

A Wonderfully Illustrated Definition

pre·cur·sor n. 1. One that precedes and indicates, suggests, or announces someone or something to come: Colonial opposition to unfair taxation by the British was a precursor of the Revolution. 2. One that precedes another; a forerunner or predecessor: The new principal's precursor was an eminent educator. 3. Show More Summary

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