Friday, February 27, 2009
If descriptivist takes on language clash with your sense of certainty about what is and isn't correct English, I recommend a visit to a website like Worldometers.info. It's an effective reminder of one's small and temporary place in the world. In a global society that's changing this fast, notions of a language locked in time and form seem especially quaint, if not absurd.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
And on a completely different note, here's a note from a good friend in Iceland. If you think the US economy is in trouble... And this friend isn't even hurting as badly as many others in Iceland, Ireland and other countries of Europe that don't begin with i.
We're hanging on just now thank you. S and her husband are moving to the
E and her hubby O have 3 gorgeous daughters and she manages a big supermarket. He worked as a translator for a TV station, but today is his last day at work.They live in an apartment which we own so they are OK. Life is not dull here! The coalition government collapsed yesterday, heads of two parties are retiring, one because of cancer, the other had a brain tumor. We don't know from day to day what's happening--we just go to work and hope our desks have not been removed in the night.
I have heard that things are not great anywhere just now. Maybe because our micro-economy has been under the world's microscope, we are the first western economy to topple. How are things with you?