Pangolins part 2

April 1, 2015

So, pangolin was a morning name yesterday. And then the NYT Science Times arrived, with two pangolin stories on the front page:

“In Vietnam, Rampant Wildlife Smuggling Prompts Little Concern”, by Rachel Nuwer

“A Struggle to Save the Scaly Pangolin”, by Erica Goode

Very distressing.

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Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Shalhoub)

April 1, 2015

(Minimal linguistic content)

One more actor displaying ethnic versatility: Lebanese-American Tony Shalhoub (son of Lebanese-Americans, grew up in Green Bay WI). Some of his roles are not ethnically marked, but some are characters of Middle Eastern descent, and several are presented as ethnically Italian.

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Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Savalas)

April 1, 2015

(Minimal linguistic content)

Actors take on roles of all sorts, often adopting another ethnicity as well as another personality. Actors of Mediterranean ancestry, in particularly, are (within limits) often cast in roles of other Mediterranean ancestries (or, by an extension from this practice, in Mexican roles). Here’s the case of Greek-American Telly Savalas, son of two Greek-Americans (who grew up on Long Island, though Greek was his first language).

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Movies and tv: Cannonball Run II

April 1, 2015

(Minimal linguistic content)

A spectacularly terrible movie, to judge from all reports. With a gigantic cast of well-known names, just jammed into this confection:

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Movies and tv: Doug McClure

April 1, 2015

(Beginning with this posting, a series of postings, some loosely connected to one another, on movies and tv shows and actors in them. Minimal linguistic content.)

On handsome actor Doug McClure, whose career high point was in the 1960s (something of a favorite of mine).

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Two, nocturnal and dactylic

March 31, 2015

This morning’s names, both dactylic, for nocturnal animals: the pangolin and the kinkajou.

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More plurals in compounds

March 31, 2015

From Jon Lighter to ADS-L on the 29th, under the heading “hypercorrect pluralization of attributives”, this posting (in its entirety):

(1) CNN is talking about “the Houthis rebels.”

(2) I’ve recently heard “the movies industry.”

(3) Plus (I hope you’re sitting down) “the aircrafts industry.”

Three examples of different sorts (though (2) and (3) are closely related, and (1) is more distantly connected to (2)). There’s a history here on ADS-L, going back at least to 2003. First, some notes on the examples; then a bit of the ADS-L history; then more on plurals in compounds.

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Jacob Lawrence

March 30, 2015

(About art rather than language.)

On the KQED site on the 28th, this exhibition announcement, “The Strange and Beautiful World of Jacob Lawrence” by Sarah Hotchkiss:

Despite the exhibition’s opening date of April 1, Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor is no joke. An impressive group of nearly 60 works by the 20th-century American painter Jacob Lawrence celebrates a gift from the Kayden Family. With this, the Cantor [Museum at Stanford] is now home to one of the largest museum collections of Lawrence’s work.

A poster for a 1974 exhibition at the Whitney:

(#1)

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Still more news for penises

March 30, 2015

In previous instalments: “The news for penises” of 9/14/11; and “More news for penises” of 4/23/13. And now another bundle of stories: on the first successful penis transplant; on the Banana Bunker, a container for a single banana; and on a fashion article featuring “groin gazing”, of erect penises under clothing.

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Judi Dench (and Vin Diesel)

March 29, 2015

Not morning names or death notices, but an appreciation of Dame Judi Dench; Vin Diesel comes along for the ride, so to speak.

A week ago I was startled to come across (on television) the amazingly violent science fiction movie The Chronicles of Riddick (starring Vin Diesel) and to see Judi Dench in the midst of it, as the character Aereon.

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