Just dropping by for a quick visit—I’ve managed to get myself stuck with too much work and too little time—but I wanted to call attention to Mark Liberman’s exegesis of the phrase “new wine in old bottles” (and its confusing newer variant “old wine in new bottles”). Just keep the word “goatskins” in mind and your confusion should be minimized.
Also, if you have any interest in science fiction, don’t miss the Tensor’s discussion of Robert Sheckley’s “Shall We Have a Little Talk?”—an early classic of linguistic sf, and funny as hell.


  1. haha, that’s a great link, I liked best the “or indeed why they have a word meaning ‘spaceship'”

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