[links] Link salad contemplates languages and lexemes

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting poll

An in-depth review of (among other things) my short story “The Goat Cutter”

Mainspring is reviewed by a German an Austrian reader — In German.

Hadley Rille 5K – Commemorating 5 Years of Exceptional Publishing! — One of my publishers, and a terrific small press, is having an anniversary sale. Check it out, some great titles there. Also a Kindle 3G giveaway going on.

Undocumented language found hidden in India — I find this kind of story pretty darned cool.

tongodeon with an excellent post on trust and credibility

So that’s why Koch funded a major evolution exhibitBut, for instance, what they do is illustrate the temperature changes in a graph covering the last 10 million years, which makes it easy to hide the very abrupt and rapid rise in the last few centuries. They also elide over an obvious fact: we’d rather not experience natural selection. Climate change may have shaped our species, but it did so by killing us Ah, climate change denial. For when the facts are biased against you.

The global warming witch hunt continues — Being a petty-minded nutbar has long been an important qualification for public office as a Republican (Bachmann, DeMint, Bunning, etc.), but it seems to be nearly mandatory nowadays.

The Moonie Times on the Obama Muslim BandwagonA fundamentalist Christian takeover of government is infinitely more likely than a Muslim takeover. Anyone who thinks that Muslims are in the process of conquering America is either unbelievably stupid or paranoid to the point of being mentally ill. Um, yeah.

?otD: What’s your favorite word?


10/8/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 50 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.8
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

7 thoughts on “[links] Link salad contemplates languages and lexemes

  1. John Stevens says:

    The languages article is quite cool! Thanks for posting it!

    I have far too many favorite words. A few current ones:

    Modern English: quinquennium

    Obscure English: deipnophobia (fear of dinner conversation)

    German: Verantwortungszuständigkeiten (I think it means “area of juridical responsibility”)

    Irish Gaelic: saintuairisc (“case history”)

    1. Cora says:

      “Verantwortungszuständigkeiten” indeed means area of official responsibility. From a native speaker of German’s POV, it’s exactly the sort of bureaucratic word monster (called “Beamtendeutsch” – civil servant German) that many people dislike.

  2. Martin says:

    Thanks for mentioning my “review”. Oh, and i’m from Austria. We’re picky about that 🙂

    My all time favourite english word is “paraphernalia”.

    1. Jay says:

      And fixed! Thank you.

      1. Martin says:

        Thank you!
        And sorry, i forgot to mention that the review was positive and that i really enjoyed the time reading it!

  3. Cora says:

    The review is positive, in case you were wondering.

    My favourite words change with time. Right now they are:

    In English: plenipotentiary, bodiceripper and another that’s too rude to type out

    In German: Husarenknöpfchen (name of a flower – literal meaning: button on a hussar’s coat), Goldregen (another plant, this one’s a tree) and Schlammpeitzger (an endangered species of fish that stopped the construction of a road in my area)

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