Poetry International Web
opens today. "Hundreds of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world, both in the original language and in English translation."
posted by igor.boog
on Nov 6, 2002 -
Jorlon khaan bain ve?
The first stop in Oissubke's trip around the online world is the beautiful
land of Mongolia
. Take a moment to leave the America-centric (not that there's anything wrong with that!) Web and see what the internet looks like from someone else's eyes...
I've tried to pick sites that provide unique and interesting insights into the Mongolian internet, not just whatever Google coughed up for "Mongolia". Unless this post particularly annoys people, I'll plan to continue my journey with Liechtenstein in a few days.
posted by oissubke
on Oct 21, 2002 -
Worthless Word for the Day.
Ever feel as if an "obscure, abstruse and/or recondite word" was forced into a newspaper/magazine/quote? Now there's a site that finally finds and provides wwftd! Impress your friends.
posted by geoff.
on Oct 21, 2002 -
Jedi (n) and Klingon (n)
will now be listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. As will Ass-Backward.
Given MetaFilter's interest in grammar
this seems worth noting. How the editors decided that "Jedi" is worth inclusion but "Stormtrooper" is not is a conversation I would have loved to have heard. Naturally, people complaining about such inclusions ain't
new. However, when words are removed from the same dictionary it's hardly noticed.
Clearly unused words go away, so why do people make a stink about this year after year? Slow news cycles? Or is it an extension of the Prescriptivist - Descriptivist Argument
with the Prescripts making a push for the "hearts and minds" of the public?
posted by herc
on Sep 26, 2002 -
.i la lojban mo
Lojban is in many ways like any other language. There's an English-Lojban dictionary
. There's a Lojban grammar
. You can even get your news at Nuzban
, a Lojban-only news site.
Lojban, however, is a completely constructed language
. Why Lojban
? Well, Lojban came from Loglan
, an invented language from the 1950's (Loglan was created as an experiment to study the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
: succinctly, the idea that language and culture are hopelessly intertwined) Today, there are hundreds of invented languages
and a thriving language construction community
. Alongside well-known constructs such as Tolkien's elven languages
, there's also d'ni
- the language of Myst, a language
of flowers, opus-2
- a language that shuns word order and Teonat
- a language of the imaginary inhabitants of Teon.
With the help of online language construction kits, you too can create
your own language
posted by vacapinta
on Sep 12, 2002 -
The Big Book of Sign Language (from rotten.com).
Have you ever wondered how to sign phrases such as "I shovel shit all day long", "I want to pull the shrieking voices from my head and smoosh them", and "Unlock my legs and get it over with"? The Big Book shows you how. Inappropriate? Yes. Hysterical? Yes. (Portions may not be safe for work. Link via Magnetbox
. Thanks, ben.)
posted by moz
on Jul 9, 2002 -
A handheld device that translates simple spoken phrases.
"American troops in Afghanistan are using a revolutionary device that instantly translates soldiers' voices into native languages. . . .
The soldier speaks into the machine, which recognizes the words and translates them into another language." Simple phrases only — and a long way from a Star Trek
universal translator — but kindling for the science-fiction-addled imagination nonetheless.
posted by mcwetboy
on Jun 10, 2002 -
Metaphysical significance of punctuation marks (a)
Periods . and commas , are lovely because they are simple... Semicolons ; are pretentious and overactive...Italics
rarely fail to insult the reader's intelligence..."Quotation marks" create the spurious impression of an aristocracy of sensibility...The exclamation point ! is obviously too emphatic, too childish, for our sophisticated ways...Questions ? and exclamations ! betray a sense of inquisitiveness and wonder that is distinctly unmodern....(parentheses) and - dashes - betoken stylistic laziness, a failure of discipline....(a) content footnotes are symbols of failure.
posted by Voyageman
on Jun 8, 2002 -
They might actually be, you know, be useful.
This year, a student in Nebraska won $1000 for finding the worst example of overuse of the phrase 'you know,' by an athlete who said it 30 times in a 135 second interview. But are they really that terrible? Known as discourse markers, phrases such as 'you know' and 'I mean' are thought to be essential
in conveying information in conversation and helping us understand each other. Discourse markers also exist in many other languages
and possibly even ancient languages.
posted by adrianhon
on May 15, 2002 -
Spanish dogs say "guau guau".
Did you ever read comics or something in a language other than your cradle tongue and notice that onomatopoetic words, particularly for animal sounds, are different in different languages? This webpage has animal sounds from loads of languages, organized by language and animal. Indonesian dogs say "gonggong".
posted by jeb
on Apr 30, 2002 -
is a 'weblog on language' by a Brussels-based freelance interpreter. Are any of your favourite blogs on
posted by ceiriog
on Apr 22, 2002 -
The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, & Body Language Cues. Items in this Dictionary have been researched by anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists, psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians, and others who have studied human communication from a scientific point of view.
What exactly does it mean when someone touches their face, licks their lips, or dodges their eyes? You'll find the answers in this huge compendium. I spent a whole summer reading through this whole thing, and it's helped to give me a new lens with which to view human nature. The most complete collection of body language you'll ever come across.
posted by Mach3avelli
on Apr 12, 2002 -
an interesting look into an often overlooked and ignored lexicon - even if it is an ugly one. jtx from hatesville
is building a reference to the language of hate, but he needs your help.
posted by boogah
on Feb 24, 2002 -
Learning propper english gramar ain't gotta suck no longer
. Someones made it fun and enjoyable for everybody!
And when you meat someone who can't write good, you'll know why.
This could even be the dearth of the MeFi grammar flames even! (nahhh)
posted by BentPenguin
on Dec 29, 2001 -
can conjugate verbs for you sixty-four languages, ranging from French and Spanish to Dutch and a variety of creoles. The best part is that it'll do it for free (though you can buy the software and conjugate in 100 languages.) It's sites like these that remind me why I love the Internet.
posted by headspace
on Dec 27, 2001 -
It's the language of Metafilter, Internet, eveything. Everybody happy? I'm a native speaker but I don't live in an English speaking country. Apart from the it's inevitable/ I couldn't give a crap, it's my language stuff, is anybody out there ambiguous? (More inside)
posted by Zootoon
on Dec 24, 2001 -
A mindbending little site [sight, cite] designed for [fore, four] the wordsmith/word-splitter in you.
posted by webchick
on Nov 21, 2001 -
Maori challenge Lego to stop using Maori words for its toys
Certain Maori objected to what they claimed was Lego's inappropriate use of Maori words, and the way Lego's Bionicle game mixed together strands of many cultures. So what's next? No syncretic philosophy/art? Although I suppose marketing Jesus or Mohammed or Buddha as crappy plastic superheroes might cause a little stir.
posted by phartizan
on Oct 29, 2001 -
The religious language used by the terrorists
may suggest what they are really thinking, argues Robert Wisnovsky in Slate
. His conclusions might not be what you expected: one, they're not particularly Islamic, but rather use Islamic terms to "
attempt to lend religious weight to what is basically a political ideology
"; and two, their real target is not America or the West (except indirectly), but the monarchies of the Arabian peninsula. Interesting insights from a linguistic perspective.
posted by mcwetboy
on Oct 24, 2001 -
When I got tired of saying the word Fuck
all the time, I switched over to the word Fuckity
. When my friends pointed out that perhaps Fuckity
was a bit twee, I was in a deep funk, until one day, when I discovered Roger's Profanisaurus
- the definitive thesaurus of all things Scatalogical, Sexual and Rude. Zuffled lately? Gone whitewater wristing? Expand your vocabulary!
Link via Scott
posted by kristin
on Oct 24, 2001 -
A blistering dissection
of David Foster Wallace and Simon Winchester's previously published essays on English usage, by Mark Halpern. Though I like some of Wallace's writing, I admit it's nice to see the scalpel taken to Wallace's "style for style's sake".
posted by Big Fat Tycoon
on Oct 19, 2001 -
is what we say, but the french seem to have a different way of asking the same question.
posted by semper
on Oct 10, 2001 -
"Language Gene" found...
(link to arstechnica
"A group of Oxford University researchers presented findings in this week's Nature that they isolated a gene called FOXP2 that appears to be involved in both speech and language development." this is intriguing... that so much can start from so little.
posted by zerolucid
on Oct 5, 2001 -
Ever wanted to learn Japanese?
"The bottom line is that Politeness Levels are completely beyond your understanding, so don't even try. Just resign yourself to talking like a little girl for the rest of your life and hope to God that no one beats you up."
posted by skallas
on Sep 20, 2001 -
A Little Light Relief - and Brush Up Your English While You're At It.
In the spirit of poking fun at one's own flesh and blood - and respecting all those who aren't - I offer the most appalling tribute to Shakespeare's and Emerson's language since time itself began.
I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the great Portuguese scholar Pedro Carolino, whose "English As She Is Spoke" Mark Twain considered to be the funniest book ever written.
Start with "Familiar Dialogues 1" and, if you've still been able to keep a straight face, try "Idiotisms and Proverbs" for the full effect...
(Thanks to Ganz's Humor Page)
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 20, 2001 -