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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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Skin, respiratory diseases outbreak in Bandipora villages, India

News : The Coming Crisis (3 years ago)

Bandipora, Apr 7: Scores of people have been infected by outbreak of some skin and respiratory diseases in many villages here. Reports said scabies like skin disease was spreading fast among people mostly children in various hamlets... Read Post

A Note To My Readers

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (2 hours ago)

One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly ... 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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