i have just stumbled upon a most peculiar Cupertino effect trap. i am writing a paper for my phonology ii class on raddoppiamento in Italian. it's a continuation of some previous work that i did last semester. when writing my previous paper, i was running Mac OS X 10.4. the system-wide spellchecker had no clue what this big, long, Italian word was, and offered up no possible corrections. to avoid lots of little red underlines, i added the word to the dictionary and went merrily on my way. since then i suffered a hard drive failure, which had two consequences: 1) the dictionary "forgot" that raddoppiamento is a word, as far as i'm concerned and 2) i've upgraded to Mac OS X 10.5. no problem, i just have to re-teach the dictionary the word.
29 April 2008
26 April 2008
seriously, flickr? seriously?
24 April 2008
with sign languages, the sign is not necessarily arbitrary. which can lead to hilarity.
23 April 2008
i've been watching a lot of hockey on the versus recently (probably to the detriment of my academics, but it's the playoffs!) as a result, i've seen the same eight commercials dozens and dozens of times over the past couple weeks. mostly they're unremarkable, but one stuck out. it's an ad by the Texas tourism board or something, and what caught my attention the first time i saw it is their tagline, which is displayed proudly at the end of the spot:
a whole other --> *a other --> ?an othera whole 'nother --> a 'nother --> another
21 April 2008
look at this here, a new post. back from the dead. Eric Bakovic posted a call for comment on a couple sentences over on Language Log, and I couldn't resist putting in a quick two cents. i'm sure his comments will be more in-depth, but here's a quick shot before i head to bed.
I’ll never forget how he must have felt. (overheard)
Aren’t you glad you archived instead of deleted? (over-read)
*aren't you glad you archived your email instead of deleted your email/it?
aren't you glad you archived your mail instead of deleting it?
aren't you glad you walked instead of ran?aren't you glad you whispered instead of shouted?