My grandfather Jock Hume was a violinist in the Titanic’s band, playing until...– Amazing blog post from the grandson of a Titanic violinist. Christopher Ward: What Happened To My Grandfather After the Titanic Sunk (via huffingtonpost)
Agent 3Z: 9 Foreign Words the English Language... →
lickypickystickyfree: 4. Kaelling (Danish) Means: An ugly, miserable woman who yells obscenities at her kids. If you claim to have never seen one of these, go to the laundromat. Or Walmart. Or maybe it’s the woman who lives down the street and offers a Master’s class in parenting to everyone in earshot. Their calls are unmistakable, from “Get your asses in this house” to “Clean up your ...
First, that the speakers of British English, particularly the upper-class...– Jessica Love explains the impact dialect and accent have on our perception of a speaker. Read What Prestige Sounds Like.
"I can’t believe I burned down a tree older then... →
plocool: motherjones: 26-year-old Sarah Barnes’s alleged response to allegedly burning down the fifth oldest tree in the world—a 3,500-year-old, 118-foot-tall bald cypress—while (allegedly) on meth. Barnes is allegedly from Florida. Reminds me of this Radiolab story.
Who could fail to admire the weeds? Especially weeds impervious to weeding,...– Priscilla Long waxes poetic about a verdant nemesis. Read.
Works of Fiction Set in 2012 →
millionsmillions: (h/t Berfois) Huh. So this is the year Seymour dies.
I fear that my decreasing interest in the contemporary indicates the onset of...– Michael Dirda revisits the fantastical, swashbuckling adventure novels of the early 1900s. Read more.
But can we please admit that many four year colleges do in fact attempt to...– Conor Friedersdorf Let’s hear it. Is Conor wrong? (via theatlantic) Yes. Also, if I were a Notre Dame alum I’d be fairly offended at being lumped in with a racist institution like Bob Jones. (via markcoatney)
I have often tried to describe what I like to call “a good class.” It happens...– Professor of English, Paula Cohen describes the great learning lubricant, conversation. Read.
We already know that language is special; no other aspect of cognition...– Jessica Love compares mathematics to language.
The Naked Face →
tetw: by Malcolm Gladwell Face-reading depends not just on seeing facial expressions but also on taking them seriously.