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Odd Plurals

We all know about irregular plurals like “mother-in-law” → “mothers-in-law”, “attorney general” → “attorneys general”. I just ran across another one, courtesy of a music podcast. One of the hosts was saying that there are about 11,000 people who listen … Continue reading

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Kind Of

Do you remember, some years ago, some people had a habit of using “literally” not in the dictionary sense, but for emphasis, as in “The boss is literally breathing down my neck”? In recent months, I’ve noticed people using “sort … Continue reading

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Da da da

Today is National Grammar Day, but rather than rail against common misuses of the English language like the insufferable language snob that I am, I thought I’d mention a peculiarity of language that I happened to notice. The German word … Continue reading

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“Avowed”

The New York Times ran a piece about the David Mabus affair (tl;dr version: he’s a mentally-ill troll who’d been sending death threats to people for years, and was finally arrested after enough people complained to the police). It begins: … Continue reading

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Atheist Language

It occurs to me that it doesn’t make sense for an atheist to say “sure as hell”. I mean, you wouldn’t say “I’m as sure that Mordor exists that I ain’t volunteering for this assignment” (note to self: try using … Continue reading

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Pre-Compressing Web Content

This was definitely a “D’oh!” type of problem. One thing I’d been meaning to figure out for a while was how to send gzip-compressed files to a browser. That is, if I have a large HTML file, it’d be nice … Continue reading

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Nouns

For all the diversity in human speech, as far as I know, every language has verbs and nouns. No big surprise there: our world is full of things, like trees and lakes and ostriches and stars, something that nouns are … Continue reading

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