likeavirgil:

according to the Roman satirist Lucilius, the stern politician Marcus Crassus (nicknamed “Laughless”) only laughed once in his life

he was watching a donkey eat thistles, and he chuckled, “Thistles are like lettuce to a donkey”

realfart:

deerdem:

selkiesounds:

bogmoth:

I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”

holy shit

This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day

what the fUCK

this makes me want to make a courtesy card about linguistic change over time and the older equivalents to such simple statements:
have a nice day: equivalent to “I hope you have a nice day,” though expressed using what is formally referred to as the imperative mood, introduces not, in fact, a formal command, but something more akin to an optative or optative subjunctive (which moods do not have special conjugations in English present tenses)
have a good one: also equivalent to “have a nice day,” or “I hope you have a nice day,” see above for full explanation on mood and tense
not a problem: equal to “you’re welcome,” “my pleasure,” or “of course,” it can imply to the listener that s/he should not worry that the speaker felt any pressure or trouble in assisting in a minor request; most often it expresses a level of informality that would be appropriate for a stranger or, as one might imagine, a minor request rather than a serious or burdensome one
If you have received this card, you may have been alarmed at the lack of capitalized first letters of sentences, however, as I am handing you a card on the street and the grammar is fully recognizable from formal grammatical sources, it seems rather unnecessary to go to lengths to be formal. Ultimately, I intend only to open your eyes to linguistic change over time, which is inevitable even if it does not please you. 
I hope you understand that younger generations are not trying to offend or upset you, but instead understand these phrases as part of polite interaction! Thanks!

realfart:

deerdem:

selkiesounds:

bogmoth:

I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”

holy shit

This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day

what the fUCK

this makes me want to make a courtesy card about linguistic change over time and the older equivalents to such simple statements:

have a nice day: equivalent to “I hope you have a nice day,” though expressed using what is formally referred to as the imperative mood, introduces not, in fact, a formal command, but something more akin to an optative or optative subjunctive (which moods do not have special conjugations in English present tenses)

have a good one: also equivalent to “have a nice day,” or “I hope you have a nice day,” see above for full explanation on mood and tense

not a problem: equal to “you’re welcome,” “my pleasure,” or “of course,” it can imply to the listener that s/he should not worry that the speaker felt any pressure or trouble in assisting in a minor request; most often it expresses a level of informality that would be appropriate for a stranger or, as one might imagine, a minor request rather than a serious or burdensome one

If you have received this card, you may have been alarmed at the lack of capitalized first letters of sentences, however, as I am handing you a card on the street and the grammar is fully recognizable from formal grammatical sources, it seems rather unnecessary to go to lengths to be formal. Ultimately, I intend only to open your eyes to linguistic change over time, which is inevitable even if it does not please you. 

I hope you understand that younger generations are not trying to offend or upset you, but instead understand these phrases as part of polite interaction! Thanks!

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"βοῦς ἐπὶ γλώσσῃ μέγας βέβηκεν

A great ox has tread on [my] tongue (“Cat got my tongue!”)"

Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 36-37 (via feeloctetes)

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perks of being a latinist: knowing words you’ve never actually seen

which makes me ballin at quizup, where i’m learning such words as:

organoleptic (sensory)

ramose (branch-y)

which are really not even that good examples of things that make perfect sense to me but which only make sense because I have SO MUCH context for them

My sister asks me linguistics questions pretty frequently

and recently asked me about “articulate” and how it relates both to speaking and mechanical joints

artus, -us: joint, limb

articulare: separate into joints

articulus: joint

so you can be separating your words distinctly OR also dealing with mechanical physical ACTUAL joints.

had to use that Online Etymology Dictionary to check myself.

Nova Iuncta Verba Latina / New Latin Compounds

interretialia:

κανονιοσφαρα -ας / canoniosphaera -ae f. “cannonball”
  [κανόνιον (cf. Modern Greek κανόνι) “canon” + σφαῖρα “ball”]
  [κανονιο- + σφαιρα-] stems
  [κανονιοσφαιρα-] new stem
  [κανονιοσφαῖρα] nominative singular
  [canoniosphaera] κανονιοσφαῖρα Latinized

image

(Inspiratio.)

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youcanthandelthetruth:

zerostatereflex:

Tangible Media

MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."

Imagine sliding the panel into a car engine to work on a spot that you couldn’t get an arm into. Imagine a game where one person has a little remote control car and the other person has to make walls with their hands to keep it from getting across. Imagine a table by your bed so you can go to sleep holding hands with someone far away. There’s just so many ways this is cool.

in meatspace

Explaining Universal Grammar vs "tabula rasa" to non-Linguists

tumblinguists:

A week or two ago I asked if anyone had metaphors to explain Universal Grammar (in contrast to “tabula rasa”) to non-linguists, mostly because I found myself describing the differences but I don’t think they truly got it. Here’s what you gave me:

  • Plant and trellis: The…

I almost always explain UG as a set of switches that get “flipped” one direction or another depending on the language input.

for example, prepositions versus postpositions: if you have one, you typically only have that one and not the other (although really that’s not an absolutely true statement)

that said, the metaphor is a bit simple in that not all aspects of language will follow one of two options, like a switch does. but sometimes it helps beginners figure out the general idea of UG

prototumblinguist:

I keep wanting to say “Quid agunt, Ustedes?” and I think it might be a problem.

mdt:

epistemologicalfallacy:

goats are literally Masters of Physics


The fourth dimension is not time.
It is goat.

one time i had a classics professor spend two whole class periods telling us why goats are AWESOME
and most of those reasons were “you can feed it trash and it will still produce milk!”
but i think this is a valid reason as well

mdt:

epistemologicalfallacy:

goats are literally Masters of Physics

image

The fourth dimension is not time.

It is goat.

one time i had a classics professor spend two whole class periods telling us why goats are AWESOME

and most of those reasons were “you can feed it trash and it will still produce milk!”

but i think this is a valid reason as well

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i forgot for a little while that i love sandhi

but goddamn that shit is brilliant.

hey guys, when you say these sounds together they change

let’s just like

let’s just write it that way. and then we’ll know exactly what word it is because it sounds exactly like it’s spelled.

okay cool let’s do that.

A Computer Has Passed the Turing Test For the First Time

OHMAGAAAHHWD

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beatonna:

erikkwakkel:

Doodle by bored medieval school boy
This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.
Pic: Carpentras, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 368 (here). Here is another example of school kids doodling.

Such a great tumblr, follow and you are bound to enjoy these discoveries

beatonna:

erikkwakkel:

Doodle by bored medieval school boy

This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.

Pic: Carpentras, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 368 (here). Here is another example of school kids doodling.

Such a great tumblr, follow and you are bound to enjoy these discoveries

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nat’l spelling BEE

is so much fun to watch for someone who likes languages because it’s a challenge but you can STILL impress your friends.

unhistorical:

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

INTERVIEWER

James Baldwin… said that “when you’re writing you’re trying to find out something you didn’t know.” When you write do you search for something that you didn’t know about yourself or about us? 

ANGELOU

Yes. When I’m writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and the delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.

More about the life and works of Maya Angelou

feel a strong need to tip my hat to this lady, partly because i’m in winston-salem, and partly because she was an artist, perhaps undervalued in her later years by more students in her community than she should have been.

can’t say i was clamoring to seek out a class with her, but also can’t say i would have had a decent chance at being one of the maybe 20 a semester who would have gotten a spot.

point here being: she did a thing a bunch of times, and this is certainly an appropriate time to acknowledge those things, how they made her who she was.

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