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Ichi-go ichi-e - Wikipedia
a Japanese four-character idiom (yojijukugo) that describes a cultural concept of treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment. The term has been translated as "for this time only," and "once in a lifetime."
japan  culture  tea  language 
june 2019 by ignatz
Subreddit Simulator using GPT-2
This is a subreddit in which all posts (except for this one) and comments are generated automatically using a fine-tuned version of the GPT-2 language model developed by OpenAI.
ml  machinelearning  language  reddit  ha  bots 
june 2019 by ignatz
Calque - Wikipedia
Calque is a loan tranalation, word forword. Calque itself is a loanword. Loanword it a calque from German.
linguistics  language  ha  loanword  wikipedia 
february 2018 by ignatz
Ghost word - Wikipedia
A ghost word is a word published in a dictionary or similarly authoritative reference work, having rarely, if ever, been used in practice, and hitherto having been meaningless.
language  wtf  wikipedia 
february 2018 by ignatz
Colleges need a language shift, but not the one you think (essay)
By substituting diversity and inclusion rhetoric for transformative efforts to promote equity and justice, colleges have avoided recognizable institutional change, contends Dafina-Lazarus Stewart.
race  usa  diversity  language 
april 2017 by ignatz
How do you revive a language if tribal elders don't want you to? | Public Radio International
The Keres language, spoken by the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico, is dying. When younger tribal members tried to revive it, they were blocked by elders fearful that spiritual essence of the language would be lost.
language 
january 2017 by ignatz
Isogloss - Wikipedia
the geographic boundary of a certain linguistic feature, such as the pronunciation of a vowel, the meaning of a word, or the use of some syntactic feature.
linguistics  language  geography  wikipedia 
november 2016 by ignatz
Backpfeifengesicht
Do you ever look at someone and feel like punching them in the face? Well, Germans have a unique word for that face: a Backpfeifengesicht -- a face that's badly in need of a fist.
Backpfeifengesicht  language 
september 2016 by ignatz
Title Gore: For all those terrible titles
very fine titles of posts. "The toilet of the future of here, and plays music as you go. It only plays one song, though. Your choice?"
reddit  yikes  ha  language 
september 2015 by ignatz
Hyperforeignism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A hyperforeignism is a non-standard language form resulting from an attempt to apply the rules of a foreign language to a loan word (for example, the application of the rules of one language to a word borrowed from another) or, occasionally, a word believe
language  wikipedia  hyperforeignism 
february 2015 by ignatz
454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011—2157 - List of shibboleth names
List of shibboleth names
by which the privileged judge their inferiors
language  class  shibboleth  via:jomc 
february 2015 by ignatz
MORE SURREALISM FROM SPECIMEN BOOKS. — Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine.
"the surreal poetry of certain specimen books issued by typefounders in the 1800s"
history  language  ha  typography  loremipsum 
may 2014 by ignatz
The world of counterfeit characters
"an arrangement of thread-bound Chinese books and large printed sheets of paper scrolls printed with thousands of pseudo-characters, each character originally hand-carved onto small wooden blocks" and all of the Chinese characters are fake
language  chinese  art  meaning  dada 
december 2013 by ignatz
Aposiopesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue
language  rhetoric  wikipedia 
february 2013 by ignatz
Bad Translator
does round trip translation bollixing
language  ha  webtoys 
august 2012 by ignatz
Backronym - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A backronym or bacronym is a phrase constructed purposely, such that an acronym can be formed to a specific desired word.
language  wikipedia 
june 2012 by ignatz
Tom Friedman's Volcano Wakeup Call | The New Republic
friedman reduced to metaphor and cliche solely by compression. orwellian use of language revealed.
friedman  ha  language  orwell  no  usa  politics  wickedness 
june 2012 by ignatz
Cantillation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cantillation marks are used in the Hebrew Bible to give musical and textual context
music  judaism  religion  language  writing 
june 2012 by ignatz
Lexigrams of the Moment » Blog Archive » Timothy Franz Geithner - thisistheeeriestsiteonthenet
I am a a mere moth in fear of the great monetary nightmare. I FRET IN GREAT GRIEF.
psychoceramics  language  news 
april 2012 by ignatz
Crosswordese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Crosswordese is a term generally used to describe words frequently found in crossword puzzles but seldom found in everyday conversation.
language  wikipedia  games  crosswords 
april 2012 by ignatz
Ludibrium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Latin ludibrium denotes an object of fun, and at the same time, of scorn and derision, and it also denotes a capricious game itself
wikipedia  language 
march 2012 by ignatz
Horse_ebookmarklet
applies the horse_ebooks magic to any page
horse_ebooks  language  bookmarklet  ha 
march 2012 by ignatz
New Tlingit encyclopedia baffling to scholars, speakers | KCAW
"The massive work by New Zealand scholar Sally-Ann Lambert is extraordinarily detailed, and the product of years of effort.

The problem is: The language in the book is not recognizable by contemporary scholars, or Native Tlingit speakers."
language  race  racism  tlingit  books  articles  via:itrasbiel 
february 2012 by ignatz
hanzismatter.blogspot.com: Gibberish Asian Font Mystery Solved
Alan Siegrist, a professional Japanese-English translator, member of both Japan Association of Translators (JAT) and American Translators Association (ATA), has finally solved the mystery of gibberish “Asian Font”.
fonts  linguistics  cjkv  failure  language  tattoos 
july 2011 by ignatz
Betteridge's Law of Headlines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Betteridge's Law of Headlines is an adage that states, "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no' ".
journalism  language  failure  wikipedia 
june 2011 by ignatz
Google Transliteration
transliteration, not just translation
google  language  tools  webtoys 
april 2011 by ignatz
Uncanny valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
never knew the origin of this phrase. seems to be very misused, then.
robots  uncannyvalley  wikipedia  phrase  language 
september 2009 by ignatz
Language Log » Fucking shut the fuck up
The main syntactic problem is to determine whether the fuck is being used as an pleonastic (semantically empty) direct object of shut or as a pre-head modifier of the preposition phrase (PP) headed by up.
grammar  syntax  language  swearing  linguistics  yes 
july 2009 by ignatz
Orwell: Politics and the English Language
Read this at least quarterly to remind yourself of what you're exposed to every day.
politics  culture  writing  orwell  language  english 
january 2009 by ignatz
Language Log » Rational use of Russian bowels
Interestingly, the "bowels" document is still on line at the web site of the European Commission.
failure  language  translation  bowels  russian 
january 2009 by ignatz
McClatchy blog: China Rises: It wasn't poetry after all
Max Planck Institute thinks they put classic Chinese poem on cover. Turns out to be strip club ad.
ha  china  language  fail  orientalism  asianculture 
december 2008 by ignatz
Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
The corpus contains more than 360 million words of text, including 20 million words each year from 1990-2007, and it is equally divided among spoken, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic texts.
corpus  language  reference  english  usa  linguistics  dictionary  via:navegador 
october 2008 by ignatz
Jamaican Maroon Spirit Possession Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a ritual language used by Jamaican Maroons while possessed by the spirits of ancestors
language  wtf  religion 
july 2008 by ignatz
Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric
A guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric
rhetoric  reference  language  literature  english 
july 2008 by ignatz
Absurd Entries in the OED
...the extremely rare moments when the OED does something that is so inexplicable that you have to close the book and check the cover to make sure that it is indeed the same book that you thought.
via:britta  bibliophilia  language  oed  dictionary  lexicography  blog 
march 2008 by ignatz
The famous Punch cartoon with the railway porter
"’STATION MASTER SAY, MUM, AS CATS IS ‘DOGS,’ AND RABBITS IS ‘DOGS,’ AND SO’S PARROTS; BUT THIS ’ERE ‘TORTIS’ IS A INSECT, SO THERE AIN’T NO CHARGE FOR IT!"
language  punch  cartoon  ha  19thcentury  art  dialect 
march 2008 by ignatz
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs."
buffalo  grammar  language  linguistics  wikipedia  wtf  ha 
january 2008 by ignatz
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