a-collective-hunch: I absolutely love language: it’s funny quirks, its sounds, especially when they imply what they are (see: silky, rough, braggadocios), the history and the culture contained within each simple word or phrase. The way one speaks and writes conveys so much simply by the style of writing, sometimes even more than the content does. I was thinking about this while I was doing...
Linguistics: How to raise a language from the... →
How do we know what ancient Egyptian sounded like, or Old English? Linguistics gives us the tools to reconstruct lost languages from the words we speak today.
Aunt discovers an Italian dictionary and course book buried in a trunk. NO SLEEP FOR ME TONIGHT.
Secret History: A brief history of four letter... →
“Scumbag,” sounds like the kind of hokey insult that would get you laughed at if you used it. When it was used in a New York Times, it got protests from some older readers, because once upon a time it meant “a used condom.” Think about every time you’ve seen Batman refer, in children’s cartoon,…