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Eat the Rude: Hannibal Lecter meets the 99% / Boing Boing
It makes perfect sense that Lecter is a grammar Nazi; there’s no more cruelly polite way of putting someone in his place than pointing out his malaprops and solecisms, his lower-class dialect, his backwoods or inner-city pronunciation. Lecter’s swipes at Starling’s syntax and usage are fascinating studies in the way class is lived in America; the little, everyday ways we’re kicked back to our stations. And Lecter’s own syntax and vocabulary, not to mention his Buckley-esque sense of grammatical infallibility, have stories to tell, too, about the class insecurities that haunt even the well-bred and the well-read.
hannibal  tv  storytelling  writing  language  class  boingboing  linguistics  dialect  english 
8 weeks ago by cmananian
Language Log » Differing Cantonese and Mandarin readings of the same headline
Ji4zi2 saang1sing3, beng6 mou5 pui5 gam2 on1wai3 儿子生性,病母倍感安慰
("[Given that] her son is obedient, the sick mother felt redoubled happiness")

1. 返工 Mandarin fǎngōng: rework, redoing; Cantonese faan1 gung1: return to work, redo a job
2. 心机 Mandarin xīnjī: scheming, mentality; Cantonese sam1 gei1: serious mind
3. 张飞 Mandarin Zhāng Fēi: a name; Cantonese zoeng1 fei1: one fare / ticket
4. 出面 Mandarin chūmiàn: to perform, act on behalf of; Cantonese ceot1 min6: outside
5. 口齿 Mandarin kǒuchǐ: mouth and teeth, the way to articulate; Cantonese hau2 ci2: credit, promise
6. 人工 Mandarin réngōng: artificiality, manpower, manual labor; Cantonese jan4 gung1: salary, pay
7. 偷鸡 Mandarin tōu jī: steal chicken; Cantonese tau1 gai: be indolent in one's duty
8. 挂住 Mandarin guà zhù: hang, put up; Cantonese gwaa3 zyu6: miss, care for
from:rss  canton  dialect  language  chinese  fun 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
So Long, Yinz: Why Midwestern City Accents Are Fading - CityLab
"The same linguistic leavening has been occurring in Pittsburgh, another city that once boasted a robust steel industry and a much-parodied local accent. Pittsburghese developed among immigrant steelworkers from Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, and Croatia. Derisively called 'Polacks' and 'Hunkies' by Old Stock Americans, they sought a language and identity that would provide solidarity against nativist prejudice. This was reinforced by the labor struggles of the 1930s and ’40s, which inspired previously competitive ethnic groups to band together for economic advancement."

"Pittsburghese was a dialect formed in a melting pot of languages. To traditional Scots-Irish phrases such as 'jag' for thorn and 'redd up' for clean were added 'babushka' and 'pierogi.' Pittsburghers who worked in the mills and drank Arn City beer while rooting for their Stillers were known as 'Yinzers,' after the city’s unique second-person plural: 'yinz,' a contraction of the Scots-Irish 'you uns.'"
accent  pittsburgh  dialect  yinz  yinzers  language  culture 
april 2018 by actualitems
北海道弁「押ささる」は便利すぎるので標準語にするべき #北海道あるある - yumulog | 社会人博士の日記
"「壁が硬くて画鋲が刺さらない」
「指にトゲが刺さった」
みたいに

「ファミコンのコントローラのボタンが堅くて押ささらない」
「ポケットにケータイ入れてたらボタンが押ささった」
って使える。ほら、便利でしょ。*1


というか、逆に考えるんだ!!もし「刺さる」という動詞がなかったら、と。「画鋲、壁に刺さる?」という質問は「画鋲、壁に刺すことできる?」と言わなければいけない。ああなんて面倒な言い回しなんだ!"
language  Japanese  Hokkaido  dialect 
january 2018 by incep

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