Archive for the ‘Just Generally Nifty’ Category


The Linguists

February 21, 2009

I must remember that I need to see The Linguists when it airs on PBS this Thursday (2/26). David Harrison was my Phonetics/Phonology professor back my Junior year of college so I should really do it just for that, but also because it sounds Interesting.

If I can manage to remember to watch it, I will try to post a review here.

(I should go dig out my VCR and actually record it, but it’s a pain in the ass to hook up in my current setup and I don’t think I have tapes anyway).


From one big nerd to another…I think I love you.

November 6, 2006

I may have found my soulmate


I love the smell of reference books in the morning.

September 24, 2006

There is a book out there called The World’s Writing Systems. It’s supposedly one of the best and most complete books on the subject out there. One of my professors in college, when I was taking my Writing Systems class, had a copy and told us as much himself, he also basically said if we could ever afford to get it, we should, but it runs about $175-$200.

Well, Oxford University Press is doing it’s fall sale right now, and it is FORTYFUCKINGFIVE DOLLARS!.

I ordered it so fast I didn’t even see anything else on the site (just as well, because I would have spent a TON had I). But yes, there was a happy linguist dance going on here (it’s like flailing, only less coordinated).


Even if I am lost in conversation and useless at scrabble…

October 5, 2005


I don’t understand my sudden (as of a few years ago anyway)*, fascination with Welsh, but that’s just nifty.

I’d love to see a IPA scrabble, though I’d suppose you’d have to limit it to phonemes from the language it’s meant for. And avoid all the pitfalls of playing scrabble with Linguists. Poor Z would really drop in value too…

Now if I could just find scrabble in Basque.

*Actually, my fascination with Welsh probably stems from getting an MP3 of Dimbran by Catatonia, and that Cerys Matthews is pretty damned hot.


7 Degrees of Linguistic Dorkitude

April 25, 2005

I found out this weekend, that I am two degrees of separation from the man responsible for putting “booger” in the OED. It wasn’t in there until the early 90s. God bless the man who discovered that oversight.
This discovery led to a discussion with my sister over what actually constitutes a booger (instead of any of the other mucusy terms). She tries to resist linguistics, but often cannot resist its siren call. I could use a good sidekick… maybe Semantics Girl?

I am also apparently two degrees of separation from Dr Pepperburg, Alex, and Griffin.


Non-alphabetic wordprocessing

April 14, 2005


That’s a lot of spam….

July 23, 2004

I find this link interesting because it deals a lot with how far you can distort a word and still have it be comprehendable by a human reader.

There are 600,426,974,379,824,381,952 ways to spell Viagra