March 15th, 2010


I am an undergraduate linguistics student at McGill University, and I'm looking for participants for a study on Hiberno-English (Irish-English). You can see the survey here. It only takes a few minutes to fill out and you can have fun laughing at my bad poetry! The only requirement is that you grew up (or are growing up) in Ireland. Thanks for your help!

Awesome question


may I please have a question about the word "awesome"?

Recently - well, maybe a year ago or so, I've noticed that people seem to be using this word a lot, usually in the sense "very cool". Mind you, I am not a native English speaker, so it might have actually started much earlier and I just didn't notice. Anyway, can somebody please tell me why is the word so popular these days?
I've read that it used to be fashionable some 20 years ago and now it has become trendy again. Is that so? Is there some reason why - for example, was it used on some popular TV show as a catchphrase?
Thanks in advance.

ETA: I'd like to thank everybody for their opinions. :)

Translating Names

 For Japanese, I've noticed that American actors and actresses (and I assume, all those that are not written in Japanese, for that matter) are all put in katakana. Is this always true? A friend of mine said that that they, instead, tend to mesh the first and last name of the names: like, Brad Pitt, would be Brappie (which she said out loud, search me for the actual romanji  to that XP) or is that just for a select few?

Furthermore, is it considered unacceptable to configure your name into kanji? I've seen this done, but I've assumed that it's just for the aesthetic appeal of seeing your name written in full kanji, rather the katakana sounds. And/Or does it present itself as misleading to your origin?

Thank you for your time :)
Food / Lemon
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grammar resources - norse

Hey everybody!

1) I've lost my bookmarks {:(} and lost everything I had about Old Norse -- I remember a site that had texts with the mythology and word lists, as well as conjugation tables and all. Does anybody know where it is?

2) No matter how hard I look, I can't seem to find a decent grammar guide for Modern Irish. I'm looking for something similar to Tae Kim's Japanese guide -- fat chance, but even only a quarter of what the Jap guide has would be a huge, huge help. I'll take every resource you can throw at me, but I need something online for free before Wednesday.

Thanks in advance!