Well, hello, world. My computer went blooie just about the time the U.S. electorate did but here I am again. Sorry.
Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. etc., etc. (anyone ever wonder why Christmas is always Merry and both Chanukah and New Year’s Day always Happy)? I used to. No more.
John Derbyshire has a post (and a podcast — well worth listening to) for year’s end which has one of the most delightful language tidbits I have ever heard. As follows:
In response to the question ‘Will you marry me?,’ silence in English would be interpreted as uncertainty; in Japanese it would be acceptance. In Igbo, it would be considered a denial if the woman were to continue to stand there, and an acceptance if she ran away.
—Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1987), p. 172