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" Whatever its merits, the idea of gesture as a universal language is likely not going away. It is caught up in a timeless tug-of-war between two romantic ideals: one, the universalist notion that humans everywhere are essentially the same; the other, the relativist insistence that every culture is a mysterious island all to itself."
body_language  communication  language  2018_mixbook_contender 
7 hours ago by jbushnell
Guide to Grammar and Writing
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -- from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing. Javascript and cgi-based quizzes (form enabling required). Acrobat Reader, sound card, and PowerPoint recommended but not requ...
english  grammar  language  reference  writing  education  learning  teaching  tools  tutorial 
8 hours ago by Spark
"Once Upon a Time" and Other Formulaic Folktale Flourishes
Anthony Madrid on fairytale beginnings and endings, and ornamented variants: "There was or there wasn't" (Arabic), "Listen to tell it, and tell it to teach it" (Latin America), "A story, a story. Let it go, let it come" (Hausa), and the surreal ending "It ran down my mustache but never got into my mouth" (Russian).
folktales  storytelling  language 
9 hours ago by madamim
J-Hope is a guy, so why does he say 'unnie' in Cypher pt. 3? (a thread)
Really interesting thread.
To to breakdown that lyric:

"When my fishing line is taut"
= When fish take the bait
👉When people take an interest in what he's offering as a rapper

"I become a tout"
👉I become a smooth talker who draws in the crowd

"And all the unnies call my pager/call me/call me Pipi"
👉And all the women blow up my phone

"삐삐" means "pager", but it could also be a nickname of the tout character he plays in this lyric. (Touts usually do their job with nicknames)

It could also be an unusual choice of onomatopoeia for "ring ring". But basically what he's saying is that he's successful at drawing in a crowd with his rap.
bangtanboys  kpop  canon  language  korean 
14 hours ago by littlerhymes
38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English | Mental Floss
Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.
concept  english  language  foreign  culture  equivalent  list 
yesterday by eugenexxv
What concepts do not exist in the English language? - culture theory | Ask MetaFilter
Carl Honoré (In Praise of Slow) says Canada's Baffin Island Inuit "use the same word—'uvatiarru'—to mean both 'in the distant past' and 'in the distant future.' Time, in such cultures, is always coming as well as going." In an essay by Louise Edrich (Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart), she writes about learning Ojibwemownin and how "nouns are mainly desginated as alive or dead, animate or inanimate...once I began to think of stones as animate, I started to wonder whether I was picking up a stone or it was putting iteslf in my hand." I'm fascinated by language reflecting culture and vice versa. Any reference you've run across in passing or even know about as a multi-lingual MeFite is welcome. Moreover, if English isn't your primary language, what words/concepts made you take pause?
concept  culture  english  language  foreign  equivalent 
yesterday by eugenexxv

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