Monthly Archives: May 2013

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

I can definitely see how the book became a NYT bestseller. David Bello is an extraordinarily interesting chap, because he can make translation and the process of translation not only easy to understand for non-translators but also interesting for everybody. As both a translator, and a lover of languages, this definitely strikes a (tender) chord. […]

Etymology of “tea” // Etymology of “lemon”

Originally posted on A Bit of White Light:
Here is a description of the etymology of the word “tea” from The Oxford English Dictionary: “= French thé, Spanish te, Italian tè, Dutch and German thee, Danish, Swedish te, modern Latin thea; < (perhaps through Malay te, teh) Chinese, Amoy dialect te, in Fuchau tiä =…

Back to the Future for Economics?

Ero, eris, erit. Sere, seras, sera. Oh dear, those of you who were subjected to Latin or Spanish in high school may now unfurl from your foetal positions and, according to one recent study, take pride in your forgetfulness. Yes, I have decided to jump on the “analyse Keith Chen” bandwagon, but how can one […]

Obsolete Words with Example Sentences

Those of you who have had the misfortune of meeting me will know that I do tend to speak a smidgeon like someone from the Victorian era at times. Despite my feigning looking vexed I do take hidden pride in my antiquated vernacular even if it does nullify the effect of the hundreds of dollars […]

Liebster Award Recipient, huzzah!

I’ve only been doing this blog for a few weeks, and my previous (now inactive Tumblr) for a few months, but the response has been amazing. Of course, I find everything I say titillating, but I never fathomed just how many people would suffer my blatherskite prattle for such a long period of time. Of […]

How amazing scenes get lost in translation

Friday night with nothing to do. Looking at the telly guide I notice that it’s on. What you say? IT! IT is on! The movie that always gets me to blub like a tit. Brokeback Mountain. Japanese telly, you’ve outdone yourself this time! So Friday night and there I sat. Flannel pyjamas, a bowl of […]

Whistle us up some wine, will you?

How many times have you been to a carnival or fete where filthy little urchins run around with those homicidal tendency promoting bird whistles? Me, far too many. Children no doubt waste their parents coin on these devices because they think they will be able to communicate with birds or at least sound like one. […]