Memory: Long v. Short

Oct 10, 2011 by

30 Second Memory: Remembering...

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The Bookaholic’s Guide to Book Blogs...

Oct 10, 2011 by

  We’re going meta today. A book blog is reviewing a book about book blogs! Naturally, I’m interested in the book/publishing blogosphere, and was very excited to see Barnes & Noble carrying such a book. Alas, Rebecca Gillieron and Catheryn Kilgarriff compiled their Guide in 2006–a fact which might have changed my mind about buying it, had I noticed the publishing date in the bookstore (go figure, I checked the publishing date on all the other books I purchased except this one). The dated information in the book made it an interesting, if not groundbreaking, read. They ask in their conclusion: What will the world of bookselling and book blogs be like in five years time? The answer, at over five years out: it will be wildly different from the world this book was...

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Words Which Have No English Equivalent...

Oct 7, 2011 by

Sometimes, our native vocabulary just doesn’t cut it. In fact, English fails to name a lot of things, which is why we end up borrowing countless words–flamboyant, raccoon, pasta, the list goes on endlessly. Kryss and Tal are two kind souls who put together an extensive list of Borrowed Words in English, organized by language. A feat for which we have no words. The English language has an enormous amount of words that have been borrowed (or loaned) from other languages. This is a collection of tables listing words from the many languages that have contributed words to English. For some languages the word list is complete; for others (French, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Spanish) only a selection of borrowed words is given as there are so many. There are brief explanations for most words...

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Decoding Twitter

Oct 7, 2011 by

This article from the Wall Street Journal about the predictive power of Twitter posts reminded me how powerful writing can be in any form. Decoding Our Twitter...

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