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 » Church sign of the season

Monday 25 December 21:29:23 UTC 2017

This is really strong work from PVD's First Baptist Church. I chuckled when I drove by the sign this evening. Photo credit to their FB page: https://t.co/Ivqmh6QqQ9. pic.twitter.com/4QRJ6PyBSF — Philip Eil (@phileil) December 6, 2017 Some previous Christmas-themed posts: "Talking animals: miracle or curse?", 12/24/2004 "Christmas and 'politically correct(ed)ness'", 12/25/2007 "Mele Kalikimaka!", 12/25/2010 "Watch out for those talking animals tonight", … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Da Vinci

Monday 25 December 9:00:00 UTC 2017

1. implies a conspiracy, like a conspiracy theorist. In reference to the book "The Da Vinci Code." 2. a reference to Leonardo da Vinci: scientist, inventor, and artist. 3. to hack or grok. 1. "I don't mean to start getting all Da Vinci…" 2. Da Vinci was a genius of the Enlightenment. 3. "I da vinci my muthafuken way through … [Link]

languagehat.com » Smorgon Student.

Monday 25 December 1:15:58 UTC 2017

Reading Veltman’s last novel, I got to the unintelligible phrase сморгонский студент ‘smorgonskii student.’ I guessed it was a student from someplace called “Smorgon” (or Smorgona?), and that turned out to be sort of true, except that the students involved were bears: the Lithuanian/Russian/Polish/Belarusia~ town of Smorgon (Сморгонь/Smurgainys/Smorgonie/סמאָ~ once housed a school for training bears, and so in the nineteenth … [Link]

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