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Good Morning Kossacks and Welcome to Morning Open Thread (MOT) We're known as the MOTley Crew and you can find us here every morning at 6:30 a.m. Eastern (and perhaps sometimes earlier!). Feel ...
by officebss
Comment Count 93 comments on Mon Apr 13, 2015 at 03:20 AM PDT with 15 Recommends
There's more involved here than words. "Islamist terrorism" is what you want to say when you talk about ISIS and al-Qaeda. They are properly "Islamist" because "Islamism" and "Salafism" are the ...
by waterstreet2008
Comment Count 27 comments on Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 08:44 AM PST with 7 Recommends
"Extremist Islamic Terrorists" An oxymoron. "Islamic" is the generic term for all things Muslim. Used properly it applies to practicing Muslims regardless of country, sect, race, or sex. The ...
by waterstreet2008
Comment Count 26 comments on Sun Feb 22, 2015 at 05:54 AM PST with 14 Recommends
Fumin’, a-fussin’ and a-fightin’ I’m so upset I might start bitin’ Don’t like those grammar-killers I hear all day If they’d clean up their act I’d be ...
by Diana in NoVa
Comment Count 74 comments on Fri May 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT with 33 Recommends
In the year 43 CE, the Romans under Emperor Claudius arrived in Britain to bring some semblance of civilization to the savage people of this island. They left in 410 and in the centuries which ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 116 comments on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 07:58 AM PDT with 215 Recommends
Scarlett chills with one of her many frisbees. In my previous diary , I wrote ...
by alevei
Comment Count 30 comments on Fri May 10, 2013 at 07:10 AM PDT with 28 Recommends
Border collies like Scarlett are known for cognitive skills and extreme cuteness. In my previous diary , I wrote about a few of the many delights associated with the process of ...
by alevei
Comment Count 74 comments on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM PDT with 63 Recommends
Edward “Sound Patterns” Sapir (1884-1939), left, and Leonard “The Phoneme” Bloomfield (1887-1949) A fun part of my job is to introduce beginning students to the joyous and inspiring world ...
by alevei
Comment Count 15 comments on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM PDT with 13 Recommends
Darwin's "I think" tree (1837) In my previous post , I wrote about coming to terms with the metaphorical nature ...
by alevei
Comment Count 24 comments on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 02:20 AM PDT with 22 Recommends
(See also: Let Them Eat Metaphors, Part 2: Darwin and Schleicher Sitting in a Tree ) Over the past nine years of regularly teaching a ...
by alevei
Comment Count 69 comments on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM PDT with 76 Recommends
In the process of working on a book about manly men, language consciousness, and American English in early America, I often have occasion to indulge, if that is the right word for it, in dialect-...
by alevei
Comment Count 58 comments on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:47 PM PDT with 54 Recommends
In tracing the histories of English words we are often led into other languages, such as Latin, Hindi, French, Chinese, and so on. Occasionally, however, the origin of a word lies not in another ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 11 comments on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 08:18 AM PDT with 36 Recommends
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 46 comments on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:33 AM PST with 70 Recommends
In studying how languages have emerged, changed, and died, linguists use the concept of the language family: a group of closely related languages that exhibit similar traits, but which are still ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 19 comments on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:54 AM PDT with 59 Recommends
For the past 200,000 years people—more specifically, Homo sapiens sapiens —have been gazing at the sky above and the objects which it contains. Sometimes people simply marveled at the beauty ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 20 comments on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:09 AM PDT with 40 Recommends
Welcome to the Tuesday Coffee Hour here on Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can hang out and talk about what’s going on in our worlds. What’s your favorite day?
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 31 comments on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM PST with 12 Recommends
John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) is generally considered one of the three most important philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages. In Medieval times people were called by their Christian name—...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 14 comments on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM PDT with 50 Recommends
The words “bimbo” and “slut” certainly sound like Republican words born from their pathological hatred of women and their disgust regarding anything that might remotely be considered sexual. ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 35 comments on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM PDT with 108 Recommends
Welcome to the Tuesday Coffee Hour here on Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can hang out and talk about what’s going on in our worlds. Let’s start today’s conversation with a ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 8 comments on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM PST with 12 Recommends
Welcome to the Tuesday Coffee Hour here on Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can hang out and talk about what’s going on in our worlds. I thought I’d start things off today by ...
by Ojibwa
Comment Count 13 comments on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM PDT with 8 Recommends