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September 7

Where to casually and quickly set up a blog

If you wanted to quickly start a blog that is going to be very casual and small-audience, where would you do it in 2022? [more inside]
posted by Well I never at 11:44 AM - 14 answers

September 6

Ask us Democrats

Hey! In her essay "Semantic drift" Lionel Shriver writes: "I long ago developed the habit of mentally correcting other people’s grammatical errors, and sometimes these chiding reproofs escape my lips (“You mean ‘Ask us Democrats’ ”). Marking up casual conversation with a red pencil doesn’t make me popular, and I should learn to control myself." I can't think of what the original error would have been, can anyone help? (Best guess is "Ask we, Democrats", but I'm pretty sure that's not a mistake many people would make...)
posted by Skyanth at 1:37 AM - 16 answers

September 2

Reveals A Renaming (Anagrams Never Lie)

How can I solve some Harry Potter themed anagrams I created from my kids' names many years ago? [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 5:57 AM - 4 answers

August 31

Book recommendations

If I like Kim Stanley Robinson, Arundhati Roy, and Octavia Butler, I might also like....
posted by aniola at 4:32 PM - 21 answers

Books about South Korea

Looking for travel writing, readable history or sociology books about South Korea, or novels set there and available in English. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 1:22 PM - 2 answers

Thomas Hardy translator

Attention English majors: I am reading Return of the Native, which is mostly going well. But I have a question about a story. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 8:23 AM - 19 answers

August 29

Annotated bibliography

As a volunteer in a historical research group, I've been tasked with putting together an annotated bibliography for a prolific nineteenth-century novelist. Looking for guidance or examples. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 9:05 AM - 6 answers

August 28

Can you give some examples of subdomains of English?

I'm not quite sure what to call what I'm asking about, which is part of my question. I'm thinking of specialized subsets of English, that have their own constraints and grammar and vocabulary and quirks. Are these subdomains? They aren't dialects or variants per se; I don't know what linguists would call them. Some examples inside. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 7:41 PM - 24 answers

August 26

The most boring sentence

What's the most stultifying sentence you can think of in your area of expertise? [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 12:30 PM - 43 answers

Can you translate these signs I found in the woods?

I found these signs tacked onto some trees, overlooking a creek. I think the writing might be Japanese, but I'm not sure. Can anyone ID the language and translate for me? What do they say?
posted by nuannarpoq at 10:50 AM - 10 answers

August 24

Time Reading Program Alumni

If a series like the Time Reading Program was offered today what titles would you nominate to be included?
posted by Raybun at 8:08 AM - 8 answers

ASL classes

I am interested in learning ASL. There are no local classes near me. Can anyone point me to online learning classes or apps that could help me get to a point where I am at least proficient? [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 6:17 AM - 9 answers

August 23

What language is this and what does it mean?

"Peunk Chuckeye Glavey" - Google is not helpful, and I don't know the magic phrases to figure it out. Context inside. [more inside]
posted by Ms Vegetable at 4:48 PM - 8 answers

Word or Phrase for "So Cute You Want to Harm It But Not Literally"?

There's specifically a word or phrase for the feeling of "oh my God you are so utterly cute I want to scrunch you into a million pieces" - the feeling of something being so overly cute that you ... I don't know, want to do harm to it in your expression of love, I suppose if you take it literally? What is this phrase? [more inside]
posted by MollyRealized at 1:37 PM - 14 answers

August 18

Book recommendations for fifth grader

Looking for recommendations for shorter novels, or fictional book series etc. for a 5th grade autistic student with a significant interest in animals, wildlife, and the outdoors. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 1:12 PM - 27 answers

August 12

Do you have a term for this midwestern dinner party behavior?

Scene: a group of friends are over for dinner and you've ordered pizza. There is one slice left. It sits there uneaten for at least 15 minutes, probably more like thirty. Finally someone reaches out and...cuts that slice in half and eats the half-slice. Now there is half a slice of pizza left, and it sits there for a bit longer until someone cuts THAT piece in half. And it goes on from there, because it would be impossibly rude to take the last piece of anything, but it is also impossible to waste food, and so you must be maximally ridiculous in your attempts to solve both of those problems at once. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 1:24 PM - 40 answers

August 10

Tips for writers with ADHD

Writers with ADHD: what are some tips and tricks that you employ to write finished pieces, once in a while? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:43 AM - 11 answers

August 9

Any Open Mic Nights for Poetry In Los Angeles????

Feeling brave enough to put some of work out into the world? Any good spots???
posted by goalyeehah at 11:02 AM - 1 answers

French classes

My university is offering intensive languages courses and I have finally decided to take the plunge to learn French properly. What level should I sign up for? I am in the UK so the levels here are based on the CEFR scale - A1, A2 (Beginner) B1, B2 (Intermediate) C1, C2 (Advanced). I can read contemporary French novels comfortably and understand about 50-90% of films/tv shows but my speaking skills are limited (I can't think in French) and my writing skills are nonexistent. Does it make sense to sign up for an A1 beginners class? [more inside]
posted by bigyellowtaxi at 7:27 AM - 13 answers

August 8

What does dipp'st mean in John Keats' poem?

In John Keats poem Hadst thou liv’d in days of old there is a line that goes: Thou dipp’st them in the taintless wave. Does anyone know what dipp'st means in this context as I cannot seem to find the meaning on Google.
posted by RearWindow at 11:02 AM - 9 answers

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