The lore and foreign language of schoolchildren

AN OLD friend immigrated from Russia to New Jersey when he was small.  When asked if he spoke Russian, he would say he speaks "kitchen Russian": the kind of things your mum says to you around the house. It's a good phrase to describe the competence of a lot of immigrants in their "heritage language".  They can argue fluently with their parents about how late they can stay out, but if asked to write a short essay on their three favourite scientific discoveries, they'd be completely lost. F … [Read more...]

Via Wesley Hill

But you know that the belch of the food that has been previously swallowed yields the fragrance. For a belch is nothing other than the going forth of the wind from the mouth revealing the quality of that which has previously been swallowed. If someone should eat an apple, he has the belch which bears the quality and odor of an apple. Therefore whenever a holy man eats the “bread of life” and the flesh of Jesus, which is true food and the fruits “of the tree of life,” and drinks the wine wh … [Read more...]


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