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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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‘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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