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 » Dotard

Friday 22 September 19:16:08 UTC 2017

In recent weeks, President Trump has delivered a number of fiery speeches and incendiary tweets about what will happen to North Korea if Kim Jong-un launches nuclear missiles over Japan and toward Guam and the United States. Naturally, the feisty dictator replied with some choice words of his own: "North Korean leader responds to Trump: ‘I will surely and definitely … [Link]

Language Log » The wonders of Google Translate

Friday 22 September 13:37:37 UTC 2017

I have sung the praises of Google Translate (GT) before (e.g., "Google Translate is even better now" [9/27/16]), but this morning something happened with GT that really tickled my fancy. One thing I use GT for is to compose texts in Chinese. I find it to be a very powerful and easy to use input tool. So I input the … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Cigarettiquette

Friday 22 September 8:00:00 UTC 2017

"Cigarette Etiquette"The customary code of polite behaviour in society among smokers, with particular regard to cigarettes.Examples: – Offering a cigarette or lighter without being asked – Passing an ashtray to a fellow smoker – Properly extinguishing a cigarette to prevent a smouldering ashtray – Being generous with tobacco and accessories regardless of payment offers- Offering to pay when asking for … [Link]

Language Log » Big Grams Cauldron

Friday 22 September 0:09:36 UTC 2017

One of the most famous Chinese bronze vessels of antiquity, preserved in the Shanghai Museum, is the Dà Kè dǐng 大克鼎 ("Larger Ke Cauldron"), dated to ca. 891-886 BC. Discovered around 1890 AD, it is 75.6 cm in diameter and 93.1 cm in height and weighs 201.5 kg. In terms of language and script, the Dà Kè dǐng 大克鼎 is … [Link]


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