Slow Start


So the blog is off to a slow start.  I haven’t had much time lately for the sort of wide-ranging reading that would support a lot of postings, and I know you guys have a lot going on as well.  But I think that email would be at a lull right now as well, for the same reason.  So I still believe that going to a blog format was the right move, and that future developments will vindicate this judgement.  I call for a surge of comments, posts, and new links. 

Here’s a link to linguist Larry Trask’s very engaging article, “Where do Mama/Papa words come from?”  I may have included a link in an email a while back, but it’s a really fun read and very convincing.  If you’re at all interested in what historical linguists do, you’ll enjoy it.  The file is pdf, but worth it.

And another youtube clip from The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  I love them.

Speaking of youtube, here’s a Viewmaster commercial from 1971 featuring Henry Fonda and Jodie Foster.  Also a kid who may or may not have been on The Brady Bunch

The Word Origins class I teach includes the Greek word phobos, meaning fear, the uncontrollable urge to run away.  Of course that gives us lots of English words ending in the six letters phobia, words that refer to irrational, unmanageable fears.  People get interested in lists of paronyms like that, so the website below has lots of fans.


  1. lefalcon

     /  July 18, 2007

    I agree that things seem to be moving slowly. But then I realize, if we were writing more stuff, a lot of it would be about random goofball topics. Not that there’s anything wrong with random goofball topics…(just like there’s nothing wrong with being gay.) I guess what I’m really saying is, will anybody’s life be substantially improved if I add a few more Ghost Rider-related posts? I’ll see if I can live up to A’s call for greater volume. The suggested links look interesting.

  2. acilius

     /  July 18, 2007

    Random goofball topics? Our whole eleven-year email thread consisted of random goofball topics. Bring it on!

  3. cymast

     /  February 5, 2009

    I brung it, non-standardly.

  4. acilius

     /  February 6, 2009

    So you did, and continue to do. Thanks very much, and please keep it up!

  5. cymast

     /  February 6, 2009

    You’re welcome very much!

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