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  • Chinese restaurant shorthand, part 3

    Published: 26/02/2017
    Yixue Yang and I were on a mission to find out what the mysterious "O" in this entry from the previous installment in this series stands for: laan2 / lán 兰O — stands for gaai3laan2 / jièlán 芥兰O ("Chin ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Russell Hardin has died

    Published: 26/02/2017
    Russell Hardin died last night. I’m not competent even to begin to assess his overall intellectual contribution. What I can do is talk about what his work meant for me. I read – like prett ... Read more
  • Not ending a headline with a preposition

    Published: 26/02/2017
    "Dear Abby: Creepy boy follows around eighth-grade girl", Chicago Sun-Times 2/25/2017: DEAR ABBY: I’m an eighth-grader with a good life. I go to a good school, have good friends and a happy family. Bu ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Wenzhounese in Italy

    Published: 24/02/2017
    Commonly referred to as "Devil's language" (èmó zhī yǔ 恶魔之语), because it is considered by outsiders to be extraordinarily difficult, Wenzhounese (Wēnzhōu huà 温州话), the language of the city of Wenzhou ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Women in Roman Times

    Published: 23/02/2017
    SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard explains that women were expected to get married (see quote below). Roman marriage was, in essence, a simple and private business. Unlike in the modern wo ... Read more
  • The Strategy of No Strategy

    Published: 23/02/2017
    Strategy is everywhere in our society. But strategy in practice seems to be a cruel and even silly joke. I learned that the hard way when I went to college long before I ever studied strategy formally ... Read more
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