Tag Archives: English

RE: On Bullshit

A friend of mine recently mentioned he has back-ordered “On Bullshit” (by Harry Frankfurt) and I thought “oh neat – maybe I can borrow it sometime for a day or two”… but then I realized something. Bullshit is not rare … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rewarding Life May Be Counter-Productive When Rewards Undermine Habits

A new friend of mine recently asked “how do you translate ‘rewarding’ into German?” I found it was fascinating that this was difficult to answer. We had been talking (and continue to talk) about how language and culture are closely … Continue reading Continue reading

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Unternehmungslustig

“Unternehmungslustig” is a German word for which there does not seem to be a semantically close English equivalent. It is a mixture of “adventurous”, “enterprising”, “thrill-seeking”, “fun-loving” and perhaps also some other concepts. One reason why this word might not … Continue reading Continue reading

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ICANN’s Plan to Privatize the English Language: Dot Gay

A friend of mine, Ray King, is one of the applicants for .Gay — and he just wrote: The current issue is whether a small group of the Internet elite understand the problems with delegating a single company as the … Continue reading
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Attention: Kmart Shopper finds letter from China

English Language skills may soon be a sign of potentially subversive abilities:

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