Tag Archives: language

These Words Are My Own

To what extent do our words belong to us?  At first glance, we bear a great deal of responsibility for our words, and we often take great pride in them.  Entire books are filled with quotations that people have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right

Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right, by Ambroe Bierce and Jan Freeman This is a complicated book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing as well.  Once upon a time I came across … Continue reading

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Book Review: Music Of A Distant Drum

Music Of A Distant Drum, edited by Bernard Lewis For those who want to gain credibility as experts in a given field, this book is a good example of how to do so.  How does Lewis do it?  Well, he … Continue reading

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πράος / וַתְרָנִי

Meekness is a virtue easier preached than practiced.  That is certainly true of all of the virtues, but the virtue of meekness presents special difficulties that make it especially hard to practice well.  With most virtues, we have a good … Continue reading

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On The Many Faces Of A Stranger

There are many ways in which I have encountered the stranger.  From childhood, one of my favorite musicians has been Billy Joel [1], and one of his notable songs from the 1970’s was “The Stranger.”  It is probably not coincidental … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catalan

Teach Yourself Catalan:  A Complete Course For Beginners, by Alan Yates This is the sort of book that would be best in association with a formal course on Catalan, but since those are few and far between then books like … Continue reading

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Book Review: Teach Yourself Complete Catalan

Teach Yourself Complete Catalan, by Anna Poch Gasau and Alan Yates As someone who greatly enjoys reading about and improving my own knowledge of other languages [1], this book was a very interesting one to me.  For one, I found … Continue reading

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Waiting For It

Today, while I was reading a book, I was struck by something that I had never seen as a problem or difficulty.  Many people are aware of a standard of behavior known as the waiter rule, which lets people know … Continue reading

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Book Review: Woordenlijst/Wordlist

Woordenlijst/Wordlist:  Sranan-Nederlands; Nederlands-Sranan; English-Sranan with a list of plant and animal names This is a book that lives up to its name.  It is by no means a fancy or elegant read, but it is a book with some solid … Continue reading

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Things Learned So Far In Bogota

Since Thursday night I have been spending the time in Bogota with my parents and enjoying a massive but quite beautiful city.  I have not spend enough time here to develop anything close to serious insight, but as someone who … Continue reading

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