Author Archives: Kevin

Video: ‘DST: Daylie Saying Time’

[my video] I expose the truth about the mass delusion of DST, daylight saving time–before I’m too sleep-deprived. There may be Cajun French involved. And kitchen items. I’ve said too much already. Link to video Closed-captioning (CC) and transcript available.

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New words from Twitterers (including mine: ‘thelcome’)

People neologize (coin words) all the time, but you’ll never read or hear most of these mintings. (The official concrete noun of product for the verb mint is mintage(s); I prefer the sound of my novelly used mintings. And if … Continue reading

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‘Ticket-holding fits’? (lost in translation)

Have you ever been so excited to ride a boat that you had ticket-holding fits? Perhaps, but I don’t think that’s what the translator of a certain Chinese sign meant. A photo on Leonie Doyle’s blog (Lightlyskipping) shows a sign … Continue reading

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Video: ‘The Calculendar (Rebecca Black – ‘Friday’-Inspired) Commercial’

[my video] Have trouble figuring out the days of the week? You need The Calculendar! This TV-commercial parody was inspired by the lyrics Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday Today it is Friday, Friday [. . .] Tomorrow is Saturday And Sunday … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year ‘tu’ you!

It’s Chinese New Year’s Day. Happy Year of the Rabbit! According to Language Log and Dog sun, the clever thing for Chinese cards now is Chinese-English mixing of greetings. Thus: “Happy New Year 兔 you!” (Happy New Year tu you!; … Continue reading

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2010 Australian word of the year: googleganger

Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary announced their word of the year (WOTY) for 2010 yesterday: googleganger 'goohguhlganguh [American dialects end in “-ur” for many] noun a person with the same name as oneself, whose online references are mixed with one’s own among … Continue reading

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Video: ‘Spot the Ambiguity’

[my video] Steven and Brandon have a misunderstanding. Can you spot the ambiguity? Link to video Closed-captioning (CC) and transcript available.

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Video: ‘The Time That’s Spruced With Pine’

[my video] After a short, original light-verse poem, hear about Christmas and Japanese New Year’s and learn some Japanese words related to New Year’s. Link to video Closed-captioning (CC) and transcript available.

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‘Dictionary of American Regional English’ nearly complete and tweets

If you’re interested in American dialect words, look no further than the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). The nearly completed multi-volume dictionary (with Volume I, A–C released in 1985 and Volume V, Slab–Z due in 2011 [Fall 2010 newsletter]) … Continue reading

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Video: ‘Talking to Zoo Animals’

[my video] Here’s my story of talking to zoo animals and imitating their calls. It’s a true story, but I took some dramatic license. I didn’t actually wear glasses as a young child. And I don’t remember the monkeys’ food … Continue reading

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