Archive for the Category: General


Today is the fourth anniversary of this blog, and in the past four years no fewer than 988 posts and 9,533 comments have appeared here. In the same time the number of visitors to Omniglot has doubled from 500,000 a month to over a million, so I must be doing something right. When I first […]


Fragile? No, broken glass!

What does this symbol mean to you? Probably ‘fragile / handle with care’. This is not how everyone would interpret it though – apparently staff at port somewhere in Africa saw this symbol on boxes, assumed they were full broken glass and threw them all into the sea. [Source] Here are a few other symbols […]


Library of Congress

I just heard that Omniglot has been selected for the Library of Congress Web Archives, its historic collections of Internet materials, so I must be doing something right :). A few years ago Omniglot was also listed in the British Library Web Archive, though their version of the site is a bit out-of-date.


Happy New Year



Merry Christmas Nadolig Llawen Joyeux Noël Nollaig shona Veselé vánoce Nollick Ghennal 聖誕快樂!



Good news – the Omniglot forum is back. I’m not sure how I managed it, but somehow I got it back.



As you might have noticed, the Omniglot forum is not working at the moment. I’m not sure what’s wrong with it – nothing has changed, as far as I can tell, and all the files are still there, but it’s just not appearing. I’m trying to find a way to get it back, and if […]


Facial expressions

When you look at someone to try and work out what they’re feeling, do you focus on their mainly eyes, or on their whole face? If you come from East Asia you might focus mainly on the eyes and express your emotions mainly through your eyes, whereas Westerners tend to focus on and use their […]



I handed in my last essay today, so that’s pretty much the end of the taught part of my course and I can now concentrate on my dissertation. It’s a great relief to get all the assignments out of the way after spending what seems like ages on them. Fortunately I don’t have any exams […]

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The importance of backups

This blog seems to be working again now and I’ve managed to restore the data up to last November. Unfortunately that was the last time I made a backup of the blog, and due to the problems with my old server, it is not possible to recover the data since then. Oh well, lesson learned. […]

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