Archive for the ‘Linguistics’ Category

The ‘H’ In IMHO Does Not Mean Humble or Honest


(Atlantic Tech) – Robinson Meyer:

We all know what imho means. …

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Eric S. Raymond: The New Hacker's Dictionary

Wikipedia: Jargon File


Unlocking the Vatican’s Secret Archives


(Atlantic Tech) – Sam Kean:

A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections. …

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OCR: dato

F_ This B___, C____s!


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Cursing” is a left-over of the Jewish restrictions on saying “Yahweh” (aka: “the unpronouncable god”) – saying the name of god was punishable by death, so, uh, let’s call it (mumble) because a supreme being won’t be able to tell we’re talking about it if we refer to it as “Monique.”

So, what’s the residual fuss about? Omnipotent and omnipresent gods already know what you think, so you may as well let rip with a great big blue streak. Besides, “shit” cannot bother god; he invented the fucking stuff and it gets all over the place. …

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(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Sam Kriss says that the term neoliberal is not a recent one but dates back at least as far as to the 1950s and has a well-established pedigree. People who hate the term neoliberal the most are those who are themselves neoliberals, and he uses writer Jonathan Chait of the New York Magazine as a prime example. …

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Tyrants, Dictators, and Demagogues


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The election of Donald Trump, whose autocratic tendencies are more visible than those of previous presidents, has resulted in greater appearance of words like dictator, tyrant, and demagogue in news and political commentary. In the classical Roman and Greek worlds these words originally had more benign meanings. They only later developed pejorative connotations as a result of the actions of some of those to whom the labels had been applied. …

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Philipp Foltz: Pericles delivers his funeral oration in front of the Assembly

Latin Abbreviations vs Plain English


(The Independent Education) – Andy Martin:

The civil service wants to anglicise and expand its communications. RIP common sense, then. …

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Never Mind the Why and Wherefore


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Juliet: “O Romeo! O Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” …

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Mya Gosling: Never Mind the Why and Wherefore

Alzheimer’s Early Tell


(Nautilus::Learning) – Adrienne Day:

The language of authors who suffered from dementia has a story for the rest of us. … alzheimers-early-tell

Alzheimer's Tau tangle

Shakespeare’s Language not as Original as Dictionaries Think


(Guardian Books) – Alison Flood:

Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan use. …

theguardian 2016/sep/06 oed-bias

William Shakespeare's First Folio 1623

Language and Style in Ancient Greek Popular Literature


(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

A new academic book on Greco-Roman biography just came out this year which deals with features and characteristics of “popular literature,” Writing Biography in Greece and Rome. …

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Koen De Temmerman, Kristoffel Demoen: Writing Biography in Greece and Rome