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

languagehat.com » Luwian Hieroglyphic Inscription Deciphered?

Tuesday 17 October 23:54:12 UTC 2017

Another of those intriguing-if-true reports, this one by Natasha Frost for Atlas Obscura: A limestone slab, 31 yards long, may have related the story of the end of the Bronze Age. An interdisciplinary team of Swiss and Dutch archaeologists have now deciphered the symbols thought to have adorned the frieze, almost 150 years after it was discovered and summarily destroyed. … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Pretendergy

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:31 UTC 2017

Pretendergy; "Pretending to have energy" Running on fumes from staying up all night, And pretending it didn't happen the next day at a family dinner. I am actually exhausted this is just Pretendergy [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » tgiaf

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:30 UTC 2017

1. acronym for "Thank God Its Almost Friday", word is only usually used on thursday. hey Craig guess what? What? TGIAF!!! [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » tinfoil hat

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:29 UTC 2017

1. A hat made from kitchen aluminum foil or other pliable metallic substance, with the supposed purpose of shielding the wearer's brain from mind control/surveillance by various supernatural or conspirital organizations. 2. Pertaining to various supernatural or conspirital phenomena. Mike is still talking about space aliens? He must have left his tinfoil hat at home. [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » yesternight

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:28 UTC 2017

Yesterday night. So, what happened yesternight, anyway? [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » disastrophe

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:27 UTC 2017

A combination of the words 'disaster' and 'catastrophe' indicating a very serious and very tragic event. A tragedy of epic proportions. The flood was a disastrophe for that region of the United States. [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » talmbout

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:26 UTC 2017

1. a conjuction of the words talking & about 2. refering to; asking a question 3. Yelled at broads when leaving the club to see whats poppin 4.to plot or scheme 1. As nicole walked out of chris's house, he yelled "what u talmbout?!?!?!? 2. What yall talmbout? 3. When Chris & D-rock saw some fat butt chicks leaving the … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Bloje

Tuesday 17 October 23:39:25 UTC 2017

Noun; a blowjob yo trace you didn't tell me you got a bloje from peyton last weekend. [Link]

Language Log » "Artist=President Barack Obama"

Tuesday 17 October 16:00:25 UTC 2017

Alex Jones, contact LLOG immediately! Never mind Pizzagate, never mind Sandy Hook, never mind the FEMA concentration camps, never mind the fake moon landings. This morning I stumbled on evidence, lying around in plain sight, for a systematic program of deception so huge — and yet so improbable — that even InfoWars listeners will find it hard to believe: Donald … [Link]

Language Log » Invitational spam from a junk journal

Tuesday 17 October 15:04:40 UTC 2017

I continue to be astonished by the sheer volume of the junk email I get from spam journals and organizers of spamferences, and by the utter linguistic ineptitude of the unprincipled hucksters responsible for the spam. Every month I get dozens of new-journal announcements, calls for papers, requests for conference attendance, subscription offers, and so on. Today I got a … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Pretendergy

Tuesday 17 October 7:39:35 UTC 2017

Pretendergy; "Pretending to have energy" Running on fumes from staying up all night, And pretending it didn't happen the next day at a family dinner. I am actually exhausted this is just Pretendergy [Link]

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