It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.
July 31, 1965: Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! The British novelist famously hatched the plot of her enormously popular Harry Potter novels while on a stalled train—her parents also first met on a train leaving from King’s Cross Station in London. She turns 48 today.
Great language post!
It’s been a month, more or less, since my last set of language links. Here’s the latest batch of articles and videos I’ve enjoyed in recent weeks, or unearthed from further back:
Glossologics, a very interesting blog on languages and word history.
Auden and the OED.
Phonetic pitfalls of shm- reduplication.
Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland.
Editing The Witches for Roald Dahl.
Journalism is home to this cliché.
Test basic spelling and apostrophe use at high speed.
The world’s most beautiful miniature books.
Rachel Jeantel’s language in the Zimmerman trial.
A brief history of yippee-ki-yay.
Familects: the secret language of families.
Europe’s new vocabulary of economic pain.
Your more/less ethnic-sounding name.
Speaking of which: Padraig versus Starbucks.
How technology threatens sign languages.
What to do about impactful?
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I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.
July 30, 1818: Reclusive and shy during her life, Emily Brontë achieved widespread fame after her early death at age 30, thanks to the publication of her only novel, Wuthering Heights. She was born in Yorkshire, England, 195 years ago today.
Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were–Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.
July 28, 1866: Children’s book writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter was an enthusiastic mycologist and a breeder of Herdwick sheep, but her interests weren’t confined to the pastoral. She also created a doll of her Peter Rabbit character, and other spin-off merchandise. She was born in England, 147 years ago today.
This is amazing! Maugham is my favorite author. You can’t get any better of a good read than Of Human Bondage!