Is there a word to describe the idea that something that has proven its value for a long time (for example the music of Mozart) is likely to endure into the future?
I remember reading something to this effect in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile
, but my a search of the index and my google fu fail me.
posted by quidividi
on Oct 19, 2013 -
Kind of curious about this. I know Shadowrun does/did well in Germany, and has/had at least a nominal presence in Japan. One of the (for good or ill) characteristics of the setting is the jargon and street slang. How are these translated into other languages? What are some examples?
posted by curious nu
on Jul 26, 2013 -
When someone says head or latrine for bathroom its likely that they were in the military or around the military. A less common example,when someone says "avoid the near occasion" about something its likely that they are from a Roman Catholic background, I'd even say its use indicates a likelihood that they are or were a priest, seminarian, religious, in a kind of serious catholic family or school etc. Reckon is a common word and its being used once doesn't mean anything but when its use is pretty frequent it might be indicative of someone's having lived in the south east United States. When people say pop instead of soda or coke they likely are from somewhere roughly between Chicago and Denver, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Things like this interest me and I'm sure I know only a infinitesimal fraction of a percent of them. Do you have any like observations to share? [more inside]
posted by logonym
on Jun 19, 2013 -
Quick question for folks who've lived in both Australia and NZ: what cultural and language differences did you notice?
posted by superfish
on May 3, 2013 -
I have never used "Jew" as a verb. I no longer "welsh" on debts, and I haven't used "gyp" since I was educated on the racism behind that term. Do I also need to stop using terms like "Mexican standoff", "Chinese firedrill", and "kabuki dance" if I intentionally don't want to create offense to a reasonable person in another cultural group? I grew up in very homogeneous territory
and so I'm still learning. Please school me.
I love words, I love colorful language and descriptors, but I don't want to be an ass. Words matter.
posted by availablelight
on Sep 17, 2012 -
In Iraqi culture, does any whole number between 20 and 50 have special significance or associations (positive or negative)?
posted by kalapierson
on Mar 10, 2012 -
To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0
on Feb 14, 2012 -
I'm looking for recommendations for books related to the philosophy of education, especially those related to multicultural approaches to education or foreign language instruction. [more inside]
posted by one little who
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Lacan writes about a "symbolic order," a realm of signs and culture constituting a separate domain from the "real." What other authors/thinkers (besides Lacanians, like Zizek, and their predicessors like Levy-Strauss) make use of this way of viewing the world?
posted by Obscure Reference
on Oct 4, 2010 -
I live in Germany, and my German girlfriend's brother-in-law is originally from Nigeria. He is having trouble integrating. He's lived in the country (on and off) for 10 years, but continues to struggle with the language. To make matters worse, cultural differences are getting in the way of him establishing himself. What can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by rhombus
on Sep 30, 2010 -
I'm moving to the UK for the next three years and have some questions about my identity and language use. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on May 5, 2010 -
In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su
on Apr 29, 2010 -
Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming
the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 24, 2010 -
Is it a bad thing to call oneself a "gringa" (if one is indeed a caucasian American female) when speaking with Latinos? (context inside) [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Jan 20, 2010 -
I'm half Dutch, but I've never been to The Netherlands. On my first trip there, where should I go, and what should I do, to get a better understanding of contemporary Dutch culture and language? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Dating Across a Language Barrier: Can you share success stories and advice about relationships where you and your partner primarily spoke different languages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 7, 2009 -
Are there any human cultures, past or present, which have developed completely (or largely) distinct spoken and written languages? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx
on Apr 20, 2009 -
I'd love to get tips/resources for 1) learning more about the Chinese language and culture for work travel, 2) doing graphic design for a Chinese audience and 3) learning more about working with Chinese writing (this was helpful, for example
*Bonus points if anyone can tell me if there are any Chinese typefaces I could access that have a particularly whimsical, fun, or child-like feel. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Apr 12, 2009 -
I am looking for writings on mimesis
in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 16, 2009 -
Looking for scenes with dialogue in G-rated movies, shows or cartoons that have hidden references for adults. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Oct 19, 2008 -
What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Aug 28, 2008 -
Please help me with a fun multilingual translation? Quick and easy, all languages needed. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb
on Aug 5, 2008 -
When did adults in Western countries decrease using man/woman when speaking about themselves, e.g. describing their gender? How came this to be? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jul 20, 2008 -
Is Ooow Universal? If I kick a Masai warrior, Brazillian beach bum, an Eskimo or an Indonesian will the exclamation for pain be similar? What about Mmmmm? [more inside]
posted by sien
on Apr 9, 2008 -
I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Nov 28, 2007 -
In languages which use different pronouns to distinguish 'you' (close, informal, equal) and 'you' (distant, formal, hierarchical), how is a shift between the two handled? [more inside]
posted by reynir
on Jan 27, 2007 -
Recently I've been fascinated with the way a good actor doing good voice acting can convey a very specific character in movies or video games. (This may seem dumb, but the Demonhunter Illidan in WarCraft III has a particularly memorable voice). What I'm really wondering about, though, is the fact that all the examples of really effective, specific voice acting seem to be English-based. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized
on Dec 25, 2006 -
An op-ed piece argued that it feels right to avoid blasphemy in general conversation even while agreeing that our old blasphemy laws are a bad idea and unconstitutional. This was several years ago, in a secular publication, not written by clergy, and not specifically sectarian. It definitely did not focus on Islam. Any recollection of this? Thanks.
posted by Dave 9
on Aug 22, 2006 -
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Does the re-purposing of the word "Nazi" in U.S. culture in recent years to mean generic-overzealous-rule-enforcement
instead of Homicidal-Socialist-German-Workers-Party
detract from the horror of the Holocaust and the other crimes perpetrated by actual Nazis?
Is the "Soup Nazi"-type usage of the word "Nazi" taking away the power of the word? If so, is that the right thing to do?
Is it causing greater estrangement in cultural relationships between the U.S. and Europeans?
How is the word "Nazi" used in your community/workplace/social circles? [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian
on Mar 11, 2006 -
It strikes me that English doesn't have any good words for genitalia. I attribute this to our repressed culture. Any words for our naughty
parts are either porn words, schoolkid words, or clinical. Can anyone think of some good words for the privates?
(Obviously there will be some raw language inside this question.) [more inside]
posted by jojopizza
on May 17, 2005 -
Why are "aunt" and "uncle", emplyed in a nonfamilial sense, used as terms of endearment and honorifics in so many societies?
posted by deafmute
on Mar 31, 2005 -