John Gordon Ross

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Language Stuff

Almost everyone uses language, so inevitably almost everyone thinks they are an expert in it. I don’t consider myself an expert, though most of my work requires at least language competence and sometimes actual skill, but I do follow the blogs featured on this feeds page.

(If you are wondering where the translation-related feeds have all gone, I have put them on their own page.)

Most of the blogs represented here are in English, most of the time, but don’t be surprised to find other languages used. Go with the flow – I occasionally find myself pleasantly surprised at how much I can grasp in languages I have never seen before.

Language On the Net

Language Log » Tasty cupertinos

Wednesday 11 April 21:13:12 UTC 2012

A correction from The New York Times on Damon Darlin's article, "Economic Theory Plots a Course for Good Food" (4/10/12 online, p. D3 in the 4/11/12 print edition): This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: April 10, 2012 An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the Ethiopian dish doro wot as door wot. Additionally, … [Link]

the world in words » In Vietnam, a Nation Learns English

Wednesday 11 April 17:50:34 UTC 2012

In Vietnam, history is daily life. So says economist Le Dang Doanh. So history might be a good indicator of which foreign languages the Vietnamese would be more inclined to learn. French? Russian? Mandarin? English? The Vietnamese have gone to war many times in the past few decades. With France, the United States, Cambodia, China. And themselves. China is considered … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » IJS

Wednesday 11 April 7:00:00 UTC 2012

I'm Just Saying: Used to add emphasis, or express irony. Can also be used to express sarcasm. Can be used on the back of almost any sentence, IJS. Person 1: how was that movie Person 2: That crap was straight booty, IJS Person 1: did you see the new guy Person 2: I'm still having wet dreams, IJS … [Link] » THROUGH A TIN HORN.

Wednesday 11 April 0:45:21 UTC 2012

The indefatigable Paul has sent me a thread from Project Wombat (mentioned in this LH post) about a vulgar expression that I had somehow managed to miss until now. It started with this posting:I used to work for a harpsichord builder who, whenever something went absolutely perfectly, would say, "like shit through a tin horn." The only other time I … [Link]


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