Link love: language (10)

Coiled Alizarine. (For more information, Google the third and final line of the poem.)

Verner’s Law explained in a humorous educational video found recently on three different blogs, all well worth visiting.

How speakers of different languages represent events non-verbally. (PDF, 2 MB)

Eolaí channelling Myles na gCopaleen channelling rugby pundits.

Mosbunall people have never used Robert Anton Wilson’s word sombunall.

The Pop-up Book of Phobias and other strange titles.

Gourmet grammar and the development of dessert.

“I Can Read Movies” (DIY book designs).

A glossary of rhetorical terms.

The Rosa Parks of Blogs.

Sexing the dictionary.

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In a manoeuvre now almost customary, I’m editing to include a link I forgot before remembering:

Omnium: A Listener for Readers, or, Dr. Samuel Johnson after 250 Years.

Today, being well timed, is Noah Webster‘s birthday. Oscar Wilde‘s too.

It is also National Dictionary Day in America. If you want to mark this last occasion, you could do far worse than rummage around Wordnik, which has many many words updated in real time, or you could browse through the links in the sidebar. They’re all there for good reasons!

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7 Responses to Link love: language (10)

  1. Once again, interesting links. As an artist, I particularly like “Coiled Alizarine”!

  2. Stan says:

    Glad you liked them, Doubtful! For a short poem it packs a lot in. I would guess that Chomsky has read or heard it, but I don’t know what he thought of it.

  3. Claudia says:

    Great links, as always. I won Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth for a contest at Jams’blog. It’s nice to have a link at The no-bicycle page. I also have The Third Policeman. I’m looking forward to read some articles written by Brian O’Nolan, or whichever name he calls himself!

    “Sexing the dictionary” was a good laugh. It’s great that people didn’t wait for the dictionary to tell them what to do. We managed to multiply without a definition!

  4. Stan says:

    We managed to multiply without a definition!

    We did, and we managed a whole lot else besides. In modern times there has been a strange kind of panicked under-confidence in our species’ ability to do things we did normally and naturally for millennia. A sprawling horde of self-appointed experts have rushed to appease us — for a suitable price, of course!

    The Poor Mouth is an excellent prize, Claudia, and one I am confident you’ll enjoy. Likewise the great Third Policeman; I have returned to its dark, mad splendour several times, and will again. There is a witty and savage entertainment in everything put down by the pouncing pen of Miles of the ponies.* He wrote prolifically for the newspapers too, though all I have read of his journalism is what has been published in book form.

    (* Or Miles of the little horses: capall is Irish for horse; -ín denotes a diminutive.)

  5. Sean Jeating says:

    Enjoyed sombunall!

    Anticipating the provoked question:
    ‘And what was it you did not like, Sean?’
    Ha ha ha ha …

  6. Stan says:

    Sean: As long as you enjoyed mosbunall of the links, whether one or fifty, which you had the time and inclination to visit. I entertain no presumptions in this regard!

  7. […] included sombunall in an early language-links post, but never adopted it habitually myself. Because of its limited use, the word remains strongly […]

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