Category Archives: Language and Reference

Multi-lingual Puns

Most excellent news about Karadzic. Today’s Volkskrant has a rather brilliant wordplay comment on the event in its daily "Gorilla" cartoon: Een baard!Een baard!Mijn koninkrijkvoor een baard! Which literally translates as: "A beard! A beard! My kingdom for a beard!" In Dutch, … Continue reading

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Serbian Biscuits

Nicey, over at a NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown, discovers some biscuits from Serbia with a rather unfortunate name… I wonder if Kees Moeliker would like them?

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How High Is The Bar?

There’s a fad going round at the moment whereby anyone can test the reading comprehension level required for a given blog. Apparently, I set the bar fairly low:     I’m actually quite pleased by this. I take it to … Continue reading

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Standard Procedure

Steven Poole, over at Unspeak, makes me ponder the phrase Standard Procedure…

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Extensive Travel

Steven Poole salutes NASA for doing what it says on the tin. 

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Be Prepared

Here’s a handy-dandy guide to propaganda and debating tricks. Train yourself to spot when they’re being deployed (by politicians, practically all the time these days, it would seem). Very useful.    (hat tip to Larry Moran of Sandwalk for the link)

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Pronunciation

Jerome Weeks tells a good, and possibly apocryphal, tale about a student who completes her dissertation on Samuel Pepys without ever realising that she has never learned the correct pronunciation of his name. Speaking as someone who didn’t realise until recently … Continue reading

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