Data

from XKCD. See also the more recent cartoon on where birds go when it rains.   [Read more...]

Grammar, Music Theory, and Religion

The rules of grammar are often flouted by those who do not know them. But they are also often misunderstood by those who judge people who express themselves in ungrammatical ways. There is no static grammar, because languages evolve. There was a time when languages were rarely written, and even today speaking is more common [Read More...]

A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis

Robert Holmstedt normally blogs about Hebrew grammar. But the nonsense Answers in Genesis spouts about the Bible and not just science has irked him enough to comment. Here’s a taste of what he wrote in a recent blog post: If a person’s view of the authority rests on reading Genesis scientifically and so his or her [Read More...]

Providing Help Where Needed

This cartoon reached me via Jim West. It made me laugh, but also caused me to ponder the tendency many of us have to judge those who do not articulate themselves in as polished or grammatically correct a fashion as one might ideally hope. We don't know how much Jesus had learned of reading and [Read More...]

Whom are You Going to Call?

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My Egyptian Grammar

Like the proverbial hieroglyphics, the song “My Egyptian Grammar” by The Fiery Furnaces seems like it must have a key somewhere to deciphering it. Can anyone help make sense of it? Both the name of the band and the title of the album from which it comes (Widow City) have religious references. HT The Oriental Institute, [Read More...]

Grammar Dalek

  HT The High Council of Timelords on Facebook.   Posted with Blogsy [Read more...]

Learn Grammar You Will

Via Pinterest [Read more...]

Use of Drug Disturbingly Common

I debated whether this was something appropriate to mention on my blog or not, but in the end I have decided to do so. I was rather shocked by a recent instance of blatant, public drug use, without apology or apparent shame. Someone whom I deeply respect and admire, a person of profound moral conviction, [Read More...]

Commas Save Lives

Although I’ve had this for a while, it seemed worth sharing again for the start of a new academic year… [Read more...]

CAPTCHA Challenges for Would-Be Internet Users

I found this suggestion for a CAPTCHA challenge for people who want to use the internet funny (via The Daily What).   If you failed to answer correctly, you would see this:   If you are concerned that this might disadvantage not only native speakers of English (apparently among them also designers of Apple’s “auto-correct” [Read More...]


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