April 11th, 2013


Phrases to do with recording breath

One of my friends is an artist, and she's preparing something for an exhibition of science-related art. Her pieces are about the idea of using things like glass-blowing, chemical reactions etc to permanently record breath, something that's normally entirely fleeting. She's been trying to think of a title, but is stumped. All the english phrases she can think of, such as "catching your breath" sound too cheesy, and greek or latin terms like pulmonography sound like medical instruments. She wants something that is eye-catching, but not too pretentious, and that she won't need to explain a million times to people.

Any ideas? I've sent the address of this post to her, so she can see for herself.

Sarcasm mark in Ethiopic script?

Hi linguaphiles!

I'm currently researching an article on useful features that other languages have and English doesn't. I came across something called the "temherte slaq" which seems to be a mark used in Ethiopic script to denote sarcasm or "unreal" language.

Problem is, all references to this mark (and there are a lot of them) seem to date back to one PDF article about encoding Ethiopic languages in Unicode (http://yacob.org/papers/DanielYacob-IUC15.pdf, page 6). I have no reason to believe the authors of the article were making it up, but I'm a bit suspicious that I haven't seen any other sources. Plus, references to it seem to variously mention it being used in "Ethiopian script," "some languages in Ethiopia" or even just "the Ethiopian language," which makes me wonder why no one is being more specific.

Is anyone here familiar enough with Ethiopian languages to confirm that this is actually a thing?

Russian song

Please could any Russian speakers identify &/or translate the words to or possibly even identify the song that plays over the opening credits in the film below?

Thanks in advance.

Edited thanks to a helpful comment - I had previously thought that it may have been in Serbo-Croatian, because the sound quality is that bad.