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Nothing to hide

The ASBO is being replaced by the gang injunction. No longer can you have criminal offences hand-crafted for you personally, like a criminal offence of staring out the window, going near a river, or standing in the garden in your … Continue reading

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You could run franchises at railway stations

Is there any finer food than cold roast potatoes? Of course not. You could set up stalls selling them. Called Boxing Day.

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Metaphors we don’t get funded by

Calling something a winter, like the AI winter in the 1980s, implies that it will come around again. When, I wonder, is the next AI winter due? And will it be caused by Semantic Web hype? The only winter this … Continue reading

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Another language with /?/

I’m sure someone told me when I was quite young that it was just Welsh that had /?/. Then I read about Zulu. Then I discovered that Icelandic has a word-final /?/. Today I see that Liangshan Yi, which takes … Continue reading

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Beer words are geographical not genetic

BEER: Faeroese, English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian. ALE: Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian. CERVEZA: Welsh, (Basque), Spanish, Catalan. GARAGARDO: Basque LEANN: Gaelic, Irish. PIVO: Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Serbocroat, Russian. S?R: Hungarian. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Kidding folk on you’re brushing your teeth

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Outwith the mouth

ORGANS OF GENERATION said the Greek grammar I had at school. It meant the tongue, the teeth, the lips, the alveolar ridge, the soft palate and so forth. The other morning I was thinking about the consonant you’d produce if … Continue reading

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So…

Look… (recently in the LRB). I think I might start sentences with “Look…” when I’m very annoyed, and “So…” otherwise.

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dicate and predicate

A. C. Grayling pronounces “predicate” to rhyme with “immediate”.

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Dynamization

First McDonald’s came for stative love, but there’s something very odd going on with like. As you know, if you like Paris in the springtime at time t then you also like Paris in the springtime at time t?, regardless … Continue reading

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