On a day already full of shocks, like Mark Liberman’s leaving Language Log for the Science News section of the BBC and Anatoly Vorobei (actually Warraughby) turning to English-only blogging, I have an announcement of my own to make. I have decided that fighting spammers—I mean, online entrepreneurs—is taking too much of my time and energy, so I have decided to join them. Enough boring language trivia! Look for future posts to feature pharmaceutical enhancements, mortgage possibilities, and ways to make good money from your own home with only a modest investment. Tomorrow: a guest post by Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen. Sani Abacha, former Nigeria military head of state who died mysteriously as a result of cardiac arrest. Her family has been going through immense harassment including undue police restriction and molestation, and the family accounts have been frozen by the government for reasons that are rather vindictive. I know you’ll want to hear her story, and find out what you can do about it!


  1. Great news! And if anyone wants to enhance their virility and improve their sex lives with a few extra inches I’ll provide the toll free number.

  2. michael farris says

    “a guest post by Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen. Sani Abacha, former Nigeria military head of state”
    Damn! I’m gonna be _SOOOOOO_ rich! Eat it, bitches!

  3. I’ll take two boxes of Cialis, one box of Vicodine and whatever you got in stock that makes me lose 40 pounds in a week.
    Oh and my sincerest condolences to Mrs. Abacha. If there’s anything I can do, my account number (IBAN) is SK77 8180 0000 0070 0002 3677.

  4. I’m glad your going to let Mrs Abacha join the gang. I’ve got a new email server with a good filter, and have missed those great letters. Here are a few lines from them that particularly delighted me:
    It is no setup or one of these hoaxes from Africa. (that’s reassuring)
    Please do not get upset as to how I got your contact. I got your contact address from the directory and sincerely advise that you calm down to read below proposal thoroughly and thereafter decide if we can do the business together. (Just CALM DOWN and let me do the business on you!)
    And this is my favorite:
    My name is Mrs.Beku Mpoyo I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what I have to you.You may be wondering why I choose you. But someone has to be chosen.
    Well, there you have it — someone has to be chosen, and that someone is you.

  5. That’s the kind of forward thinking we appreciate here at Languagehat, Inc.!

  6. Even bigger news: Fafblog! is back (!)

  7. You folks across the pond may have missed it, but the BBC made a major contribution to natural history film-making yesterday. See

  8. Unfortunately, we across the pond can’t use that URL (only available to play in the UK, it says here).

  9. This should work. It’s well worth watching.

  10. I think the really big news was the announcement of the part sale of Buckingham Palace:
    when you consider how many people would like to stay in the ultimate stately home, and the high cost of accommodation in London, it all makes perfect sense.

  11. Christophe Strobbe says

    To check how well you can distinguish between a hoax and reality, read April Fool’s Day, Russian style (Telegraph, 2 April 2008).

  12. Great site 🙂
    Jake, dameureherreure

  13. David Marjanović says

    What, you still get mail from Mrs. Mariam Abacha? I used to get them more or less every day, but she has long been replaced by less prominent figures. Most common in the last three days are Google Calendar reminders from Bar. Thomas Adams (Esq.).

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