Archive for the ‘Linguistics’ Category

F_ This B___, C____s!

2017/08/12

(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. …

stderr 2017/08/12 f-this-b-c-s

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Neoliberals

2017/07/23

(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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Neoliberalism

Tyrants, Dictators, and Demagogues

2017/03/31

(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

2017/03/05

(The Independent Education) – Andy Martin:

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

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Dictionary

Never Mind the Why and Wherefore

2016/11/13

(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

2016/10/01

(Nautilus::Learning) – Adrienne Day:

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

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Alzheimer's Tau tangle

Shakespeare’s Language not as Original as Dictionaries Think

2016/09/07

(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

2016/07/20

(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. …

adversusapologetica 2016/07/15 language-and-style

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

Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot Never Existed

2016/04/17

(Κέλσος) – Dennis MacDonald:

No reliable information exists that Judas Iscariot or Mary of Magdala ever existed. Their names are entirely missing in the earliest Christian sources, the letters of Paul and the missing Gospel Q (Logoi of Jesus). There is no debate that their names first appear in the Gospel of Mark, but there is a huge debate about whether the Evangelist knew of them from traditions or created them.  …

adversusapologetica 2016/04/15 dennis-macdonald

Andromache mourns Hector

Thou and Thee

2016/03/24

(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

For some reason, I thought it would be good to do a comic about archaic English grammar. Just roll with it, could you? …

goodticklebrain 2016/3/21 thou-and-thee

Mya Gosling: Thou and Thee