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 » More on grammar, punctuation, and prosody

Tuesday 19 December 15:20:40 UTC 2017

From "In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond", 12/17/2017: We also pay tribute to another tragedy; the murder of John Lennon with jazz covers of several of his tunes. Prepositional phrases like "with jazz covers of several of his tunes" are multiply ambiguous. Thus with can be comitative ("They rode with Kim") or instrumental ("open the can with a screwdriver") or … [Link]

Language Log » Prosodic punctuation

Tuesday 19 December 11:45:28 UTC 2017

Today's SMBC: The mouseover title: "Of course, in real life if you formed a grammar club, the only attendees would be linguists looking to talk shit." The aftercomic: There are several related aspects of this comic that puzzle me: Who is the "I" in the caption that's not allowed within 100 meters of the "Grammar Club"? The person on the … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » courtesy fart

Tuesday 19 December 9:00:00 UTC 2017

When someone accidentally farts and is embarrased, you should, if you have one ready, let one fly as well. This is a courtesy fart. This is an opportune time for you to release since then the two fart smells will interfere and no one will discover how unbelievibly nasty your ass is. Boris farted as he bent over to pick … [Link]

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