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Month: November 2015

“Juke Box”, a song by Fred Buscaglione in Italian

As soon as I got this CD, I fell in love with this song. It sounds exactly like the kind of song you would hear playing in a small italian cafe somewhere in Italy. But really, it is just a fun song. It is about the Juke Box, which the singer calls a “magical invention”. I would have to agree. Music is the spice of life 🙂

Beowulf vs Grendal – Old English

Obviously Beowulf is really important to the history of English and to understand how English came to be. But it probably shouldn’t be read with a lot of pomp and circumstance. It was just a story people would tell around the fire. It was a story to entertain people late at night. It had word play and cool turns of phrase, but really it was about the characters and the story, not about pronunciation everything in a bombastic way.

How to Talk Like Shakespeare

Shakespeare lived during the late 1500s and early 1600s. This period is known as Early Modern English. For the most part people living today can understand Shakespeare’s work but some parts will need to be explained. But one thing that has changed a lot since then is pronunciation.

People have been painstakingly reconstructing the pronunciation of the language at that point through things like letters where people sometimes made spelling mistakes which reveal how they thought something should be spelled and also by looking at rhymes. Now that we know how the language at that time was spoken, people have been performing Shakespeare in the original pronunciation.

Emojis: a picture says a thousand words

I think emojis are an interesting development in communication. Having recently been aded to unicode, they are now even more widely available. Some have started using the eggplant emoji in a sexually suggestive way, which has lead instagram to ban them. What are you thoughts on this?