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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Budge up!

In the café where I had lunch today I saw a sign saying something like “Our tables are for sharing. Just ask people to budge up.” – I’ll take a picture of it the next time I’m there. I thought budge up sounding like a very British kind of thing to say. Is it used […]

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It’s a gas!

In Hiberno-English people might describe something fun and enjoyable as a gas. For example, “That’s gas”, “A gas laugh”, “Come on, it’ll be gas”, “He’s a gas character”, “Your man is gas” [source]. Last week an Irish friend told me that this expression comes from laughing gas (nitrous oxide), which was used at parties to […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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The Right To Read, The Right To Write

Today we have a guest post by Tim Brookes of the Endangered Alphabets Project As those of us in the United States head into the long weekend that celebrates the country’s independence from colonial authority (yes, as a Brit I have to accept my birth country’s history!), the Endangered Alphabets’ Mother Tongue initiative is especially […]

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Say Something in Manx

There’s a new course on the SaySomethingin website: Manx (Gaelic). There are currently 10 free lessons in this introductory course, which follow the same format as the other languages on the site, as far as I can see, and 8 more lessons will be available soon. I heard about this course at the Polyglot Gathering […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Magrangs

Does anyone know if there is a word for words that have the same length and constituent letters, but are not anagrams, such as bee and ebb, and aloof and offal. I received an email from Peter Hewkin today who suggests the word magrang (a magrang of anagram) for such words. Do you have other […]

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Savouring sapient and savvy saphiophiles

An interesting new word I came across recently is sapiophile [seɪpɪofaɪl/sapiofaɪl]. When I first saw it I wasn’t sure what it meant, but as soon as I looked it up it made sense. It means “someone who is (sexually) attracted to intelligence / intelligent people” [source]. It comes from the Latin sapiō and the Ancient […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a multilingual sign I saw on a café at Oxford Road station in Manchester yesterday. Can you identify and translate the languages on it? Click on the photo to see a larger version. This should be an easy one.

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