Category: Language & Linguistics

Acheiropoeita

Currently rereading my own copy of Teju Cole’s collection of essays, Known and Strange Things — whose title is a reference to a passage from Seamus Heaney, “a hurry through which known and strange things pass”. I like finding out things like this, just when people would ask why Two Kinds of Intelligence? Of which […]

Returning to poetry

Roughly 7 years ago, I found myself in an awful place. I just managed to escape out of a toxic relationship and despite cherishing the newfound freedom with immense support from my wonderful network of friends — what would I do without them — I found myself terribly afraid of the future, especially since I […]

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A very interesting short article on the proliferation of emoji being used in court cases, showing their potential for further research in the area of sociolinguistics: Emoji are showing up as evidence in court more frequently with each passing year. Between 2004 and 2019, there was an exponential rise in emoji and emoticon references in […]

What is your epithet?

I am currently reading classicist Dr. Emily Wilson‘s translation of The Odyssey, and was so very much reminded of how important a good translation is in order to reel your reader in to read and be more interested and invested in an ancient poem from three millennia ago. I mean, this is how her translation […]

Pocket friends in a bin fire

I think it was about two to three weeks ago that I got overwhelmed with all the news and information on Twitter — on top of that people were fighting over something (as they always are) that I signed off Twitter by tweeting (how ironic) “Ok hell site, good night” and only reappeared about three […]