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The Chinese people moisten a female horse

Yesterday a reader wrote: I was just too intrigued by the claim in Rundle’s recent column that “Zhongguo renmin zhan qilai le” could mean “anything from “the Chinese people are infected by skin disease” to “the Chinese people moisten a female horse” — could you get your resident Chinese speaker to type those alternate versions [...]
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Rain rot in horses

Pets & Animals / Horses : Equid Blog (5 years ago)

"Rain rot", also called rain scald, is a relatively common skin disorder in horses in some areas. It's a skin infection caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis. This bacterium can be found on healthy horses and in the envi... Read Post

Horse + camel = disease transmission

Pets & Animals / Horses : Equid Blog (4 years ago)

Following on the heels of the recent diagnosis glanders in camels is a report of Rhodococcus equi infection in camels in Dubai. Earlier this year, a large glanders (Burkholderia mallei) outbreak affected horses in Bahrain, and the n... Read Post

The "moist" chronicles, continued

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (5 years ago)

People's aversion to the word moist has attracted our attention for a while now (most recently in this post — see also the links in this one). Mark Peters recently wrote about the moist phenomenon for Good, quoting Language Log disc... Read Post


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