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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Language & Other Matters
Very Traditional Japanese Costume
Check out some of the other national costumes at the Miss Universe 2004 competition. Tasteful
REDUCED ENGLISH: www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/eprime.htm
(related to which - The "Verbs Bad" Manifesto: www.scholastic.com/artandwritingawards/gallery/2001/winners2001/tedholm.htm
For further Language stuff, also see itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/ the Language Log (e.g.
Gene Buckley emailed to point out the widespread adoption of the eggcorn inclimate weather, which has 11,000 whG (web hits on Google), or 2,567 whG/bp (web hits on Google per billion pages). The original phrase inclement weather has 173,000 whG or about 40,372 whG/bp, so the original is only about 16 times commoner than the eggcorn. This is a genuine folk-etymology-in-progress, not a simple misspelling, since the morphologically incoherent "incliment weather" and "inclemate weather" have only 719 whG and 73 whG respectively.).
I like the whG (web hits on Google) & whG/bp (web hits on Google per billion pages) measurements, too.
See WhG/gp and other problems of quantification at
Also try www.mindbluff.com/ For visual as well as other recreation.
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