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

Urban Word of the Day » carpe piem

Tuesday 9 January 8:30:00 UTC 2018

Never miss chance to go to the bathroom- seize the opportunity to pee. Before a long car ride you always have to carpe piem. We are not stopping; mommy told you to carpe piem at the last rest stop. I don't care if you don't have to go – carpe piem is not our family motto for nothing. … [Link]

languagehat.com » More Demonyms.

Tuesday 9 January 1:23:27 UTC 2018

Commenter cliff anderson left a comment on this LH post linking to his own post My Favorite Demonyms, and I liked it so much I’m featuring it here. “Utah – Utahn” is pretty well known, but what about these? St Kitts & Nevis – Kittitian / Nevesian Botswana – Motswana Burundi – Umurundi Lesotho – Mosotho Kiribati – i-Kiribati Vanuatu … [Link]

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