Just as wearing a medical mask is more about not infecting others than not being infected, so also is learning Esperanto more about making the way easier for others than making the way easier for yourself.
keywords: life, Linguistics, Language Arts, leaving a legacy, your legacy
I’m ready to go
keywords: poem, poetry, language barrier, enthusiasm
(suggested new terminology)
– English that contains no mistakes, but which would not come from a native speaker. This is caused by English-language learners using only structures that they are sure of, using roundabout phraseology to avoid expressions that they are unsure of, but which a native speaker of English would use. I think this is different enough from ‘broken English’ to deserve its own designation.
The phenomenon of wobbly English has not gone unnoticed, of course, as exemplified by the quip about a Japanese speaker of English, “His English was flawless, and incomprehensible.”
keywords: Linguistics, Language Arts, L2 learners, translation, language barrier
I saw a bag of shrimp label ‘EXTRA LARGE SHRIMP’. Evidently, this is intended to avoid the laughable-sounding expression ‘JUMBO SHRIMP’, but if ‘extra large’ shrimp exist, do not ‘large’ shrimp also exist? If so, the same problem reappears.
keywords: Linguistics, Language Arts, issue-avoidance, hidden agenda
People are not motivated by benefits, only by vision.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
keywords: life, motivation, priority, priorities, destination
A sufficient condition for a curve (in the plane) to be nonlinear is for it to intersect all four quadrants.
keywords: Mathematics, Analytic Geometry, Plane Geometry, nonlinearity
shear: when either the ground or sky shifts unexpectedly.
keywords: life, General Systems Theory, misfortune, difficulty
– more space for the name of an attached file, when sending an email.
Sometimes the names of related files are distinguished only by their trailing characters, and so it would be nice to have more space given for the name of an attached file. (Sure, you can always click on the file name to see it in its entirety, but it would be nice to have at-a-glance functionality as well.) By all appearances such space, immediately to the right of the currently used space, is available.
keywords: cyberspace, IT, Information Technology, user-friendliness, convenience