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 » Unintended consequences: What is a "clinical trial"?

Friday 1 September 13:33:27 UTC 2017

More than 2,400 researchers have now signed an "Open Letter to NIH Director Francis Collins" that starts like this: We are writing to request that NIH delay implementation of its policy that sweeps basic science into a clinical trials framework until adequate feedback about its impact is obtained from the affected scientific community. We wholeheartedly agree with NIH’s goals of … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Filibustering freebooters!

Friday 1 September 11:23:29 UTC 2017

What’s the connecting between the words filibuster and freebooter? The answer is, they both come from the same Dutch word vrijbuiter [ˈvrɛi̯bœy̯tər] (plunderer, robber), from vrij (free), buit (booty) and‎ -er (agent suffix). A freebooter as originally “an adventurer who pillages, plunders or wages ad-hoc war on other nations”, and apparently also means “one who rehosts online media without authorization”. … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Fap Rotation

Friday 1 September 7:31:44 UTC 2017

The act of cycling between multiple different fap materials in order to avoid becoming desensitized to any of them. Similar to how farmers cycle the crops they plant in order to keep the soil full of nutrients. I have a fap rotation system involving my favorite episodes from a hentai. [Link]

languagehat.com » The Stoop.

Friday 1 September 0:30:07 UTC 2017

The Stoop (to quote their website) “is a podcast about blackness, race, and identity in America, hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba.” I’m not much of a podcast person, but I was listening to my local NPR station, WFCR, and heard a snippet of what sounded like a really interesting episode, “The problem with sounding white”: “We explore voice … [Link]

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