Links, Words and Pictures

I’ve been busy over the past week, what with teaching last Friday, and reading books about mermaids, so I haven’t blogged. As always I have n ideas to blog about, but for now I just want to recommend this lovely little post on Language Log, which is really about a love of words. The challenge for Drs. Gee and Clarke is to get either ‘lant’ or ‘midlenting’ into a future issue of Nature. Extra marks for sneaking ‘redeless’ in there in such a way that it’s clear what it means (just getting it in should be easy: find a story about politicians or managers).

And whilst I’m giving links, some wonderful photos here (via Carl Zimmer)

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4 Responses to Links, Words and Pictures

  1. steffi suhr says:

    Bob, I highly recommend one of my favourite children’s books if you need a present for anyone! And I thought upchuck was a perfectly normal word.

  2. Maxine Clarke says:

    These words can certainly appear in Nature – if an author provides them in the right context. Our subs’ bench is pretty erudite and very open to well-educated authors 😉

  3. Stephen Curry says:

    Surely Henry’s new challenge has to be to get unbepissed into a N&V article in Nature?
    Beautiful set of photos on your other link, by the way.

  4. Brian Derby says:

    Unrelenting – refusing to continue the fast after being fed sandwiches by your folks while midlenting.
    But science has been using nes and obscure words for a long time!
    “Two quarks for Mr. Mark”.
    The quantized unit of strangeness.
    Unbepissed – the state when you wear superhydrophobic Y-fronts made from carbon nanotubes.

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