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A Style Guide To Nathanish: Busy Vs. Occupied

When one is enquiring if someone else is doing something, there are different ways to go about asking this question. One can ask them if they are busy or, alternatively, one can ask them if they are occupied. If you … Continue reading

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There Once Was A Chicken

One of the most obvious aspects of my tastes that was readily evident, so much so that it was obvious to my family even when I was a child, was my fondness for chicken. It is something I have commented … Continue reading

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On The Image And The Word

It ought to be of little surprise to anyone who knows me well that I am fond of both the image and the word. Besides being responsible for the writing and speaking of a fair amount of words, depending on … Continue reading

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Caldo/Kaldu: A Linguistic Mystery

It is no surprise that I am fond of soups, and ever since I have found out about it, I have made it a point to regularly enjoy caldo de pollo, a chicken soup dish I discovered first when visiting … Continue reading

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Lumpers And Splitters

When it comes to many aspects of life, people can be divided between lumpers and splitters. Lumpers are people who try to put things together, who see the connections between that which others view as disparate things. Splitters, on the … Continue reading

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How Old Is Azeri?

This morning I had the chance to read someone with a scholarly interest in the Azeri language talk about their own personal reflections of Azeri and its connection (via its shared particles with various other languages) and the implications of … Continue reading

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Babies, Bathwater, And Babel

For those of us who are interested in the Tower of Babel project [1], it is common that we will read writings that have been translated from Russian that seek to discuss the long-term history of human languages. Various different … Continue reading

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On The Productivity Of Theories

How do theories show themselves to be productive? As someone who reads a fair amount of material about linguistics, one often finds situations where writers seek to determine the deep relationships between long-separated languages as a way of showing the … Continue reading

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Rivers Of Babylon

One of my more obscure interests is a fascination with the history of languages and their origins and development. For a long time people have sought to make connections between various languages in seeking to discover how it is that … Continue reading

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A Law That Everybody Breaks

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in Portland on Sabbath, October 23, 2021.] Today, I am going to talk about a law in the Bible that everyone breaks. In … Continue reading

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