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Normalerweise sind Spam-Einträge in Kommentaren ja langweilig – entweder es wird für Glücksspiel oder für textilfreie Bilder geworben, oder (besonders hartnäckig) für einen Adressenhändler, dessen Einträge locker die Länge von drei Casino-Werbungen erreichen.

Ab und zu bekommt man aber auch schmeichelhafte Einträge. Ein Teil davon wiederum zeichnet sich durch zerbrochene Syntax und seltsame Wortwahl aus. Ein [...]

Testing podcasts

Since the “practical” phase of my “p-seminar” is to start soon, I’m experimenting with the art of making a podcast.
Could somebody be so kind as to have a look (and a listen) at (to) the 1:57 long opus which I’ve deposited on three different podcast hosters, pretty please?

Here: deckerpod: P-Seminar

And please be very direct in [...]

“A hundred and ten” (BrE)

Arnold Zwicky’s post “Year names and number names” at the Language Log treats the pronunciation of numbers.
For me, this article is interesting for two reasons:

1) I’ve learned what to call the two different styles (with and without “and”):

a) conjoined reading, like “two thousand and ten”
b) juxtaposed reading, like “two thousand ten”

2) I’ve learned that juxtaposed [...]

Test-driving Flock

“Flock, The Social Web Browser” is what they call it – and it’s a sort of Firefox specially tuned for using Facebook, Twitter, Webmail and Blogs, plus Feedreader, media browser … You get the idea.
At the moment I’m writing this post in Flock’s own blogging editor. If you can read this, it has worked. I [...]

Mehr Bildung in Blogs

Die Pädagogin Melanie Unbekannt, alias “Literatenmelu”, hat in ihrem Blog dazu aufgerufen, dem Motto “Mehr Bildung in Blogs” gemäß einige Aspekte zu behandeln, die mit der Erinnerung an die eigene Schulzeit, mit damaligem und heutigem Medieneinsatz, mit der Lehrerausbildung und der Rolle des Internets für die Nachhilfe zu tun haben. Da es inzwischen schon mehrere [...]

2010 – how (not) to pronounce it

In the Language Log, Mark Liberman writes about the oral version of the new year’s name:

All around the English-speaking world, pundits are wondering in print about how to pronounce the year 2010. Is it “twenty ten”, or “two thousand ten”, or “two thousand and ten”, or what?

The conclusion is usually “twenty ten”, for one reason [...]

Ouch – was that a push-back?

It is what it is.
Ron Rosenbaum writes a very entertaining article on “The Catchphrase of the Decade”.

Maybe it’s not all superfluous to quote a definition of “catchphrase” (courtesy of Longman’s DCE online):

a short well-known phrase made popular by an entertainer or politician, so that people think of that person when they hear it

I don’t think [...]

Books of 2009

As every year, January Magazine has a whole list of lists where the editors and contributors list enumerate the books that have impressed them during the year which is about to end:
• children’s books
• fiction
• non-fiction
• art & culture
• cookbooks
• crime fiction from A-G, by title
• crime fiction from H-Z

I don’t claim to have read [...]