John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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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 » Censored!

Friday 15 September 18:43:32 UTC 2017

My loving and tolerant wife abetted my addiction by taking me to Grey Matter/Troubadour Books (note that their Fall Sale will be Sept. 28-Oct. 1, and everything in the store will be 35% off — I encourage everyone in the area to take advantage of it); I was thrilled to learn from their website that “Grey Matter is now the … [Link]

Language Log » Belfast noun pile headline head-scratcher

Friday 15 September 17:42:06 UTC 2017

This head-scratcher of a headline from the Belfast Telegraph was brought to our attention by Mike Pope: "Ed Murray: Sex abuse claim US mayor's time in Northern Ireland 'should be probed'". Ed Murray, the article explains, recently resigned as the mayor of Seattle under a cloud of allegations of sexual abuse. Amnesty International has asked for a police investigation into … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Lent Trap

Friday 15 September 8:00:00 UTC 2017

/lɛnt træp/ nounIn couples where one party is Catholic and the other is not, the unwilling subjection of the non-Catholic to the 40-day ritual of penitence known as Lent. 1. We were going to have dinner at this great new steak place on Friday night, but Joe's got me stuck in a Lent Trap.2. My wife Jane decided to give … [Link]

Language Log » A Bite of Russia

Friday 15 September 3:25:53 UTC 2017

From Nikita Kuzmin: Nikita writes: This evening I found the above photo in my cellphone image gallery, which you may find rather interesting. I took this picture in August during my summer visit to Sergiyev Posad, a small town in the Moscow Region. It is considered as the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church, because the Trinity Lavra of … [Link]

Language Log » Chicken paws and King Kong

Friday 15 September 2:54:41 UTC 2017

A friend of Rebecca Hamilton saw this at a local market in Dundee Scotland: On the right side of the package it says: dà dòng jījiǎo 大冻鸡脚 The last two characters mean "chicken feet", but these are more commonly referred to as jīzhuǎ 鸡爪 ("chicken claws"). The first two characters literally mean "big freeze". Several correspondents to whom I showed … [Link]


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