Photo blog 83

“Oh, how my momma needs a comma.*” Punctuation art at the Jeld-Wen Field stop on the Portland MAX line, Portland, OR, 28 May 2012. My wife and I went out to the Rose Gardens in Portland for Memorial Day. On our way home, we transferred from the bus to the MAX light rail, and I spotted these … More Photo blog 83

大変だから日本のために思いやって下さい。Please care for Japan in this difficult time. (via Jenn in Japan)

More (and better) links and resources for helping Japan, plus a touching video from one of Jenn in Japan‘s own students. (You might cry watching it, but it’s a heartwarming clip, which is a nice change of pace — I needed to reason to smile today.) Please visit this post and click on the links … More 大変だから日本のために思いやって下さい。Please care for Japan in this difficult time. (via Jenn in Japan)

Ouch!

The other day, my brother said, “I think words like ‘ouch’ are left over from the first language.” And then he dared me to weigh in.  So I did.  What I discovered–as is often the case when I dive into etymology–was both fascinating and surprising. For example, according to the OED, the earliest examples of … More Ouch!

Word nerd

A friend of mine from college posted a couple of videos on Facebook, each showing Weird Al Yankovich repairing American society’s poor grammar, and I simply had to share them here.  Also, shout out to my mother-in-law, who carries a rainbow of Sharpies (clickable, so she can wield them one-handed!) in her purse in case … More Word nerd

Patrons of writing and teaching: Saraswati/Benzaiten

Saraswati is an interesting woman. As an expression of female creative energy in Hinduism, she carries a lot of power, said to act as the goddess of music and poetry, the visual arts, literature, and knowledge. All knowledge. There are varying accounts of her origins — some say she was the daughter of Brahma and Durga, … More Patrons of writing and teaching: Saraswati/Benzaiten