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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

LRB LETTERS—A READER’S PLEASURE

LETTERS TO THE LONDON REVIEW of Books are no less insightful and erudite than the editorial matter of this wonderfully British publication. Here are tidbits gleaned from LRB, January 19, … Continue reading

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

THE GREAT FRICATIVE SHIFT, GRIMM’S LAW, AND WIFE DOTTIE’S KIN PART 2

TODAY WE PICK UP with Part 2, bringing the Brothers Grimm into the tale of Friedrich von Schlegel’s philology (not to say his other activities with Felix Mendelssohn’s auntie). The … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

THE GREAT FRICATIVE SHIFT, GRIMM’S LAW, AND WIFE DOTTIE’S KIN PART 1

I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING or other in Stephen Fry’s Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined, when I came upon the Appendices of this marvelous book. In its “Feet and Toes” … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

PH.D. STUDENT SOLVES SANSKRIT GRAMMATICAL PUZZLE 

A RECENT ARTICLE IN Nice News caught my eye for several reasons:  First, the grammatical puzzle arose in the linguistics of Sanskrit. I’ve been tantalized by this language after learning … Continue reading

January 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

DIALECTS, EVEN ACROSS A CLEVELAND STREET

WIKIPEDIA HELPED IN THE RECENT Berkeley item by noting that this British car name is pronounced/ˈbɑːrkliː/, “Barkly.” A link to “Help: IPA/English” got me thinking about George Bernard Shaw’s saying … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · 4 Comments

TOMORROW’S VISIT

SOME TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, Santa Claus lore was collected into what has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American.” Author of ” ’Twas the night … Continue reading

December 24, 2022 · 6 Comments

CELEBRATING VIVA MAGENTA—AND ALSO 1797, 716, 107, 356, 2748, AND 2607

WHAT BEGAN IN THE 1950s as a systemization of color pigments has evolved into Pantone and its PMS (Pantone Matching System). Today the company’s standards are used in a variety … Continue reading

December 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

FREUDENFREUDE—THE ETYMOLOGY OF HAPPINESS

THE WORD FREUDENFREUDE, “pleasure’s pleasure,” is a feeling of happiness encouraged by another’s success. It evolved from its opposite Schadenfreude, the German word describing the malicious joy resulting from another’s … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

TO MUM WITH LOVE, WITH BIBLIOPHILIA ADDED 

A HEART-WARMING STORY comes from BBC News, November 17, 2022: “U.S. Blogger in Quest to Find Norfolk Mother’s Day Card Writer.” It’s a sweet tale that reminds me of my … Continue reading

November 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

“WHEN DID YOU COME TO THIS COUNTRY, DENNIS?” PART 2

YESTERDAY, MARNIE CHESTERTON of BBC CrowdScience opened a discussion of “Why Can’t I Change my Accent?” Today in Part 2, she tells us about pitch, in more ways than one.  … Continue reading

October 29, 2022 · 1 Comment