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The angrier you get, the funnier you sound.

”Stubborn people are like reproaches; we have the right to laugh at them.” Victor Hugo

There is nothing as amusing as a toothless telling off, like when someone insists on you being tolerant – and if you aren’t, decries your intolerance intolerantly. 434 more words


Syntax, Serenity, and Spiritual Ratiocination -- Say *That* Out Loud Three Times

If you tuned in last month, you read my ignominious blog, which happily was not as ignominious as I had feared. Stuck in my winter doldrums and with no creative burst in sight, I simply dashed off a stream-of-consciousness blog based on a word that was floating around in my head (ignominious) and hoped for the best. 895 more words

Occasional Essays

'schwarz auf weiß'

Some of the actors and musicians this awards season have been really surprised to find out they won, especially Eddie Redmayne!

A phrase they might want to use is “Ich möchte das schwarz auf weiß!” – “I would like that in writing!” It’s a very simple and visual way of expressing the phrase, don’t you think?


The U.S. ranks 115th in linguistic diversity

According to “Translate Media,” the United States has a linguistic diversity score of .353, which is enough to make the United States rank one hundred fifteenth… 39 more words

Political And Social Life

Friday False Friends 18: keen

keen (adjective) ‘eager, ardent, intense’ (especially in UK)

Most of the original senses of this word (‘wise, brave, mighty, fierce’) had disappeared from English by Shakespeare’s time. 157 more words


(re)interpretation: on translating

The Mozambique writer Mia Couto is getting more and more attention for his literary work. This article is on translating his work, by a North American, who works in his beachcottage in Brazil, another Lusophone country. 


haiku - collective corvids

a murder of crows
an unkindness of ravens
corvids get bad press