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Category Archives: Languages

‘Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind’

An excellent TED talk by Wade Davis on endangered languages and the ethnosphere. National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world’s indigenous cultures, disappearing from the … Continue reading

8 January, 2010 · 2 Comments

Speaking in tongues and other experiments

Friends, you may have noticed the frequency of posts is now every few days (rather than a few per day!) and this will likely continue to be so for the … Continue reading

26 July, 2007 · 13 Comments

A Beautiful Motto

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas Latin for “Unity in necessary things; liberty in doubtful things; charity in all things” or, alternatively with syntax more closely aligned; … Continue reading

16 July, 2007 · 22 Comments

Persian words in English

Following on from Arabic Words in English, I thought I’d post a similar select listing of Persian loanwords in English. Ever interested in etymology, I note that a few of … Continue reading

2 June, 2007 · Leave a comment

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"