Archive for March, 2014

Monday quartet

March 31, 2014

Four cartoons today: a Dilbert, a Bizarro, a Mother Goose and Grimm, and a Scenes from the Multiverse:

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Jarry at the diner II

March 31, 2014

Extracting this from John Baker’s comment on my previous posting, the image of the Tit’n Diner in Tilton NH:

 

 

Now, this matches the image in the Zippy in my previous posting. Nice photo.

The diner and the definite article

March 31, 2014

Today’s Zippy:

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Yes, the diner is just called The Diner. But it’s easy to find:

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Gapless relatives

March 30, 2014

An old topic, which has cropped up on ADS-L in the past few days. I’ll try to sort out that discussion in a while, but first a quick look back at (some) postings on the topic, in chronological sequence.

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Triple play

March 30, 2014

Three varied cartoons fot the day: Rhymes With Orange, Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert.

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Jarry at the diner

March 30, 2014

Today’s surreal Zippy:

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Two contributions here: the diner, and Alfred Jarry.

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Hu on base

March 30, 2014

Pointer from Dan Everett on Facebook to this image:

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Decline and rise of gay

March 29, 2014

Geoff Nunberg writes with this Google Ngram:

 

This shows the usage of gay (at least in the books Google samples) gently declining until roughly 1980 and then zooming up. The interpretation I’d provide here is that “old gay ‘merry’ ‘” was declining very slowly (it became “old-fashioned”), until “new gay ‘homosexual’ ” eventually took over massively. But others might have other interpretations.

The moth worm

March 29, 2014

From Arne Adolfsen on Facebook, an entertaining 1936 ad for Expello:

 

The crucial linguistic point is de-mothers (or demothers, you can’t tell because of the line break). This is a semantically transparent, but innovative, derived form from the noun moth, conveying ‘remove moths from’. Still, it presents some parsing challenges.

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For John Gumperz

March 29, 2014

Passed on by Damien Hall, forwarded from the Variationist mailing list on 3/25:

We just published an edited volume of the Journal of Ling Anthro on the work and legacy of John Gumperz. Wiley graciously agreed to provide full and free access to the issue. Check it out: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jola.2013.23.issue-3/issuetoc

On Gumperz and his work, on this blog, see here. Another colleague who is much missed.