the mamas and the papas

comic and article related to the words for “mother” and “father”…



“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
— Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)


Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. -Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and writer (121-180)

(from today’s AWAD)

you’ve got a small lexicon

I attended a lecture tonight that I thought was bit outdated in terms of vocabulary and language learning, but I did learn something interesting: that an educated human has about 100,000 words in her lexicon, but basically only about 2,000 of those are put to use. I posted on my frustration with conventional language in Slang and this attests to the fact that maybe while I’m uniquely bothered by it, it’s not a phenomenon unique to my social life… unimaginative hackneyed language is a fact of life.

more on dictionaries…

Julia Angwin in her WSJ article suggests maybe Google is our best modern dictionary. Brilliant! Her test was to research a word in online and conventional dictionaries. Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 Eventually she came to Wordnik, which I mentioned in my icktionaries entry. I couldn’t put my finger on why I was not fully convinced of its merit. I thought it might not suit my simple needs, but perhaps I wasn’t asking the right questions of it.

One merit I did find was “the safety of expert opinions… experts do the finalizing on Wordnik.” and this need I share with Julia, who wrote, “And although Google is doing a pretty good job aggregating meanings, I would prefer some human experts to give authority and heft to a new database of meaning. The idea of Google as our modern dictionary has lit a bulb for me. Julia leaves us with this sentiment that I’d like to think on, “I am still hoping for a dictionary that will leave Google in the dust.

EFL Customer Review?

Since next to no one reads my class blog “at school” (I have to quote it because school is on the computer) I thought I’d re-post this tidbit (sans formatting).

Bf and I thought this was adorably funny and we both wonder if this Andy person is an EFL leaner…. What do you think?

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Spanish, You Got Served (Almost)

Hello! Been busy, previously with intense amounts of professional work and now with intense amounts of academic work (since starting grad school!). Here’s a link to an NYT article I found to be muy interesante.

The new tennis champ almost was prohibited from speaking his native language. What do you think? Fair/Unfair? Announcer’s own xenophobia? A microcosmic example of the materialism plaguing the U.S.?