Monthly Archives: June 2010

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

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Language, Quiz questions 12 Comments

At home

One of my friends sent out an email this week to announce that he will be “at home” (to visitors) on Sunday afternoon, meaning that he’s putting on a party. One definition of “at home” in my English dictionary is, “giving an informal party at one’s own home”, and “an at home” can refer to […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 11 Comments

I need to go cashpoint

Last night one of my friends said that she needed “to go cashpoint”, meaning that she needed go to the cashpoint (ATM) to get some money. This usage struck me as quite strange at the time, but I think I’ve heard similar constructions before. Expressions like “I need to go eat” or “I need to […]

English, Language 30 Comments

Lake Monomonac Mystery

A visitor to Omniglot sent me these images asking about these mysterious symbols which appear on a map of Lake Monomonac which was found in the attic of a house near the lake. Can any of you recognise and/or decipher them? They look like some form of shorthand to me – possibly Gregg – but […]

Language, Puzzles, Writing 7 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

Language 17 Comments

Word of the day – kai

kai /kai̭/ [Māori] (verb) to eat, consume, feed (oneself), partake, devour. (noun) food, meal. Related expressions include: kai moana = seafood, shellfish wāhi kai = café, restaurant (wāhi = place) hari kai = a song to entertain visitors as food is set out (hari = joy, happiness) The Māori word kai is mentioned quite a […]

Hawaiian, Japanese, Language, Maori, Words and phrases 12 Comments