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 » Forbidden terms

Friday 3 November 21:05:25 UTC 2017

Xinhua News Agency has published another list of banned words: Xīnhuá shè xīnwén bàodào zhōng de jìnyòng cí 新华社新闻报道中的禁用词 ("Forbidden words in news reports of Xinhua News Agency"). Since it is designated as 第一批 ("first batch"), we can expect that more batches will be issued in the future. You can find versions of the current list circulating all over the … [Link]

Omniglot blog » A River of Words

Friday 3 November 17:27:02 UTC 2017

When Iceland was permanently settled from 874 AD, the settlers from Norway brought with them wives and thralls (þrælar – slaves/serfs) from Ireland. The Norwegians spoke a form of Old Norse, which developed into modern Icelandic, and borrowed a few words from the Irish. Here are some examples: á = river – from the Old Irish aub (river). The Old … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » interrogatories

Friday 3 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

A list of questions that you must answer truthfully or else you're fucked. The Plaintiff was required to answer the Defendant's interrogatories [Link]

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