VII: 2008-09
Repetition in Tolstoy. One of my personal favorites.
Citroen. One of those long and unpredictable threads, this one featuring Dorothy Sayers and a culinary-poetic war involving Rösti and roti.
Stridden. Much difference of opinion about past participles.
Sorites. A post about a philosophical term led to a discussion of architecture (and to AJP starting “a file on my computer to download the LH posts that are the most interesting to me”).
Lingonberry. Over 150 comments about berries (as well as lefse, lutefisk, and other things).
I Tie My Hat. A great Emily Dickinson poem leads to a long discussion of shawls, scarves, and “the whole nine yards,” inter alia.
OHEL on Webster’s Third. The last of my posts on The Oxford History of English Lexicography.
Giraffe. People seemed to enjoy this translation.
Beckwith: Barbarians and Modernism. The last of my posts on Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present, a wonderful book despite my complaints here.
In the Land of Invented Languages. Fun stuff.


  1. AJP starting “a file on my computer to download the LH posts that are the most interesting to me”
    It’s actually ‘comments’, because I can always search for the posts, but I do have this file on my desktop. Many of them are by m-l, but there are others, like Sili’s explanation of Danish numbers.

  2. Giraffe. People seemed to enjoy this translation.
    Too bloody right, I reposted it.

  3. You can search the comments and posts alike by using Google: look for [site:languagehat.com key words you want to find]. I never use site search any site unless it’s behind a paywall.

  4. Thanks for mentioning that site-search technique again! I’d been looking for it after you mentioned it last time.
    Using it, I’ve found my earliest comment at LH appears to date back to Dec 2003.

  5. See, John, that’s something I’ll now file so I don’t forget it.

  6. Ah, sorites. It’s been a pretentious part of my idiolect ever since that article and this post, both of which I adored. I wish I’d gotten to the article first and sent it to you, Hat; then I’d have a hat tip in one of the rare resurrected posts!

  7. mollymooly says

    The last quote in the OHEL on Webster’s Third post is relevant to this year’s SYMpathy vs EMpathy post:

    [I]t was mainly Gove’s lack of empathy with the user—perhaps also his lack of sympathy with the user—that made him so inflexible in applying his sets of criteria governing the presentation of his dictionary.

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