Trying to find the spelling for an Irish phrase which means something like "wet-black hounds from the abyss."
I'm about halfway through my first year of college-level Modern Standard Arabic, and would love it if someone experienced in Arabic instruction/linguistics in general could make some suggestions for materials with which I can supplement my textbook. Bonus question if you live in or around Chicago! Look inside! [more inside]
What is the difference between using the word disingenuous and lying, especially in a political context? [more inside]
How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
Why is "some of my best friends are black/jewish/gay/whatever" seen not only as unconvincing when it comes to disclaiming bias but also as a stereotypical response by one who is biased? [more inside]
Where can I learn to speak Welsh online? [more inside]
I'd like to find a map of languages spoken in the Middle East. At least the major languages: Arabic, Farsi, etc. Anyone got better google-fu skills than me?
What are the best Japanese language schools in Tokyo? [more inside]
A newspeak / new language question. [more inside]
What's the origin of the phrase "couldn't (can't) beat it with a stick"?
My grandfather was from the Deep South, and his speech was very colorful. He used the word "epizootics" to describe any kind of flu-like illness. I realize this is a real word, used to describe epidemics in the animal world. But he pronounced it differently, "eppa-zoo-tiks." Or sometimes he said "eppa-zoo-ti-kus." Has anyone else heard this before? Would this be considered slang, or an idiom, etc? [more inside]
(Free) Unicode-compatible Hebrew modern handwriting fonts [more inside]
Where did pirate speech come from? [more inside]
The OED and other references are failing me on this: why is the term arms used to refer to an apartment building, and what exactly does it mean in that context?
I'm embarking on an intense italian vocabulary learning routine, and I need some advice on how to maximize my effort using lexicons and flashcard software. [più dentro] [more inside]
How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
That thing where you capitalize all of the words in a phrase or sentence and put punctuation after them: Where. Did. It. Come. From? [more inside]
What is the History of English Language Capitalization? [more inside]
French language tv on the web? (more inside) [more inside]
What is the origin of the term "Hip Hop"?
Why is American English so different from British English? [more inside]
How can I say "to skull a beer" in American English? It means to drink a whole lot of beer in one gulp.
How do you communicate with non-english speakers when playing sports or gaming? [more inside]
I'd like to improve my english (french is my mother language). [more inside]
Meaning of "eloecea"? [more inside]
Is there a word for those life-sized painted wooden figures (most commonly at carnivals) with the oval cut out for your head to stick through, the purpose of which is to give the impression (for the camera?) that you are a strong man with strong arms or that you are one super sexy lady?
What's the etymology of "gully" (as in "street", "badass")? Thanks.
Celebrities speaking their mother tongues [more inside]
I would like to add a Spanish keyboard (language interface pack?) to Windows XP in order to make typing Spanish more efficient. [more inside]
Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
Lexical analysis! What are some good resources for a beginner? [more inside]
What do they call that "and" character that looks like a reversed 3 and where did it come from? [more inside]
How can I find someone in Seoul, Korea, who speaks English and Korean and is reasonably tech-literate? [more inside]
Is "Starlight" some form of British slang for "Medic"? [more inside]
What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
I'm looking for books on the history of the Romance Languages. [more inside]
Does a person's native language affect their cognitive skills and thinking patterns? [more inside]
Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment. [more inside]
How should I speak when someone brings their kids into a coarse-language-OK area? [more inside]
Are Americans really all that ignorant? [more inside]
Sincere, if naive, greeting question: May a Christian wish an Non-theist a Merry Christmas? [more inside]
I'd like to learn Japanese... writing, reading, speaking, listening. As quickly, comprehensively, and correctly as possible. [more inside]
Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
I stumbled upon this amazing Russian electronic rock group but I can't even pronounce their name! Can anyone help me figure out who these guys are?
(It'll probably help if you have a cyrillic font installed!) [more inside]
Why do so many "Gentlemen's Clubs" use the word "Thee" instead of "The?" [more inside]
I'm looking for a free tool that will automatically translate a webpage. Not like AltaVista's babelfish; more something to click on.
My friend DJ just got a snowboard with a pretty girl painted on it, and she's named it "Betty" after the surfer slang for a good-looking woman. What's the equivalent to "Betty" in surfer lingo to describe a good-looking man?
I need to practice my spanish. [more inside]
I'm learning Dutch, and I'd like to know if there's a reliable website that will tell me what language options are on a US (region 1) DVD. In this case, I want the actors to be speaking English, but the subtitles to be in Dutch, mimicking the experience of watching TV in the Netherlands. [more inside]
On behalf of a friend, though it actually sounds like an interesting question and I think I'd like to know too:
Could you put up something asking about whether there's a real-world source/derivation for the words "hron" and "hronir" used in Borges' "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"?