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The Dog that Didn’t Yell at the Top of its Lungs

The dust up about the Duke email about Chinese students speaking Chinese illustrates so much about US language policy that is deeply fucked up. People who understand language policy issues (or linguistics) are always hesitant to comment when this type … Continue reading

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Revealing Society….

Tragedy doesn’t create character, as the old saying goes, it reveals it. A couple of weeks ago Paweł Adamowicz the mayor of Gdańsk was stabbed while appearing on stage at a charity event and died the next day. A terrible … Continue reading

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Tuck You, Mother Tucker!

For a long time I’d heard of Tucker Carlson but had little idea who he was beyond a Fox commentator with a face for radio. Then I began seeing references to him in terms of the emerging national populist movement … Continue reading

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Weird Old Guys

Was walking around with a friend who brightened up seeing a bar that was offering grzane wino (mulled wine). “I was there with friends from work, they had Chartreuse, let’s go in and see!” he said. I followed suspecting nothing. … Continue reading

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Learning by Listening to Haters

For a while now, I’ve been puzzled by my lingering affection for Family Guy. The first time I saw it, it seemed like a blatant Simpsons rip off and I ignored it untill about seven or eight years ago and … Continue reading

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What Will the New Year Bring?

Ever since Hillary Clinton (who I actually supported at one time) lost to Donald Trump, political writing in the US has been getting more and more hysterical. The current focal point (after the long term nothingness of Russian collusion has … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Victims…

After a number of misguided (Obama winning the Peace Prize?) or clearly publicity seeking (Dylan winning Literature?) Nobel awards, the Nobel Peace Prize this year was unusually well-deserved. The prize was awarded jointly to Nadia Murad and Dennis Mukwege, both … Continue reading

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