You can read more about this slightly surprising discovery in the Taiwan News (in English) and Sina Online (in Chinese). Source: Language Log
How many did you get? semantics, phonetics, syntax, typology, discourse, grammar, lexicography, dialectology, pedagogy, literacy, orthography, rhetoric, graphemics, documentation, semiotics, stylistics, vocabulary, implicature, phonotactics, iconicity, articulation, philology Source: Bethan Siân Tovey via All Things Linguistic
Ronny Chieng: International Student is an Australian TV comedy series, first broadcast in 2017. Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng plays an international student at the University of Melbourne, which of course is nothing like UEA at all. You can watch all six episodes on BoB.
Shockingly, not all of our business students seem to know about Dilbert. The comic strip has now been running for 30 years.
A few months ago Twitter had a game with the hashtag #UnscienceAnAnimal. The idea was to compose funny labels for the anatomies of various animals. such as the scalloped hammerhead shark (pictured). Examples of labels are wiggly bits, scary part, booper, floof, squirt hole and so on. Source: American Scientist
The BABEL generator writes meaningless essays, which nevertheless get high scores from automated essay scoring systems. Read about this here. To create an essay, just enter three keywords: for example, international + students + Britain. Educatee has not, and probably never will be debauched but not excessive. Society will always mortify international; some at executioner… Read more BABEL Generator
Studying Economics offers advice, help and information for economics undergraduates. Besides the tips on study skills, careers, etc., there are some distractions – links to economics-related videos, songs, games, etc. For example, there’s a catchy song from the Bank of Ghana about their new currency unit and a video of Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., a “stand-up economist”,… Read more Studying Economics
If you can’t understand newspaper headlines, it may be because of their unique grammar. Or it may be because you’ve found a crash blossom. The term derives from this headline: Violinist linked to crash blossoms It is possible to read this and wonder: What on earth is a crash blossom? Violinist [is] linked to crash… Read more Crash blossoms
Hey. Using a full stop like this in texts, chat messages and emails could imply that you have bad news. Friend sends me a chat message that’s just “Hey.” Me: oh my god what’s with the period has someone died (Reader, it was fine.) — Gretchen McCulloch (@GretchenAMcC) 7 February 2019 Source: Portentous periods (Language… Read more The ominous full stop
Question: Is there a B&Q in Norwich? No, there’s an N, an O, an R, a W, an I, a C and an H. Credits
A pet cone is usually worn by dogs or cats to stop them from licking or scratching their bodies while their injuries heal. The cartoon suggests another possible use. Source: Liam Francis Walsh
You may know the farewell catchphrase, See you later, alligator, to which the usual reply is, In a while, crocodile. This “Goodbye Shirt” has several more, including: In a few, cockatoo See you soon, big baboon Another time, porcupine Gotta go, buffalo “See You Later, Alligator” is also a well-known song.
From Undesirable Comics via All Things Linguistic.
From All Things Linguistic.
A comment on punctuation from an American lumber firm. Source: Language Log
A man using this Chinese ATM pressed the Correct button three times and the machine swallowed his card. He thought Correct was being used as an adjective, but it was a verb! correct (adjective) = right; OK; with no mistakes correct (verb) = remove mistakes; revise; change something which is wrong, to make it right… Read more Correct
From The Associated Press, February 13, 1988 Ken The Gerbil Wins Student Election At University DATELINE: NORWICH, England A gerbil named Ken, campaigning on a platform of free beer and soft toilet paper, beat five other candidates to become president of the Student Union at the University of East Anglia. Ken’s owner, chemistry student Julian… Read more The gerbil who won a UEA election
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 are out. Based on citations, it appears the most influential university in the world is Babol Noshirvani University of Technology in Iran, while our neighbour Anglia Ruskin comes in 22nd, ahead of Johns Hopkins. Well done! UEA’s rankings are here.
Could they be robot librarians? Source: tag
This week a new film arrives in Indian cinemas: Jatt vs IELTS. This Punjabi comedy tells the story of a small town boy struggling to get a high enough IELTS score to move to Canada. There is singing and dancing, possibly on IELTS-related themes.