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 » "Sponke their monkeys"

Wednesday 6 September 22:00:02 UTC 2017

Political poster in Sydney, Australia: Accompanying note from Graeme Orr: Australia is in the throes of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. (That is, a non-binding referendum). In the midst of some odd campaign claims, the attached homophobic poster appeared. Directed at, and likely sourced from someone in, the Chinese community in Sydney. The poster – including its curious translations – … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Burp snarf

Wednesday 6 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Is to burp then sneeze then fart at the same time I will burp snarf at your face [Link]

languagehat.com » Gout.

Wednesday 6 September 0:42:44 UTC 2017

I ran into the word gout and decided to look it up, because although I’ve doubtless seen the etymology before, I couldn’t remember it (ah, the joys of the sexagenarian brain!). It’s interesting but not especially noteworthy; to quote the AHD: [Middle English goute, from Old French, drop, gout, from Medieval Latin gutta, from Latin, drop (from the belief that … [Link]

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