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December 30, 2017

Tarrying too long at a “frog wedding”?

A person of my acquaintance heard a saying used jokingly when a person is taking a long time to return from somewhere, like the restroom: “[person] must be going to a frog wedding.” Have you heard this expression? Where does it come from? [more inside]
posted by reren at 7:29 PM - 6 answers

What is a name for writing that communicates on two different levels?

Is there a name for a type of writing that can be read one way, but is also indirectly meant to be read with a deeper meaning, for those who know what's going on? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:49 PM - 34 answers

Age Appropriate Fiction for Children of Divorce

My sister is going through her second divorce. This is the second for my nephew (almost 10 years old) and the first for my neice (almost 7 years old). What books can I include in my monthly packages to help my nebblings through this? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 9:50 AM - 6 answers

December 27, 2017

Help me find a half read and quarter remembered book

I am trying to find a book I would very much like to finish, unfortunately I can’t remember the title, author, or any detail that doesn’t pull up too much chaff when I search for it. Hazy details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by lepus at 4:25 PM - 6 answers

Best journal software.... in the CLOUD?!?!!

I am looking for a journaling program/website where I can do free-writing on a more regular basis. Do you have any suggestions? Wants/needs inside. [more inside]
posted by miltthetank at 9:16 AM - 9 answers

December 24, 2017

Best Way to Learn Bengali?

Having immense difficulty finding reliable resources to study Bengali, even paid tutors. I am in greater LA area for what it is worth. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet at 11:03 AM - 4 answers

December 23, 2017

Wordsmith help with holiday greetings requested

My mom died in October, help me write my holiday cards. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 6:19 AM - 10 answers

December 22, 2017

Optimistic "chosen family" books?

I just reread the delightful The Goblin Emperor, and was struck among other things by how Maia essentially starts out with no one and ends up with a positive, close-knit chosen family. I was wondering what other books might strike a similar note, and thought I'd ask here for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 8:21 PM - 16 answers

December 21, 2017

Name that book #999...

I read a fiction book about a former child detective with a famous dead mother who lived in a small town which hosted a celebration of their family's adventures in an annual sort-of Bloomsday event. There was a lot of snow, which is what's triggered my question. An old enemy returned. Maybe the famous dead mother wasn't dead after all? Everybody had ennui. [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 1:30 PM - 9 answers

December 20, 2017

What are some good fiction titles for the budding engineer/scientist?

Looking for some fun fiction for my 11-year old nephews to give for Xmas. Stories that feature kids being inventive, solving puzzles and mysteries and exploring the real world of science, engineering or invention. Bonus for stories that adults too will enjoy! [more inside]
posted by storybored at 8:16 PM - 21 answers

December 18, 2017

Help me feel a sense of accomplishment

I'm about to complete a fairly major language-learning achievement (learning all the joyo kanji) that I've been working on daily since March. One thing I really loved about doing this was the feeling of having achieved something concrete every day, no matter what else was going on that day. I'd like to add a new habit or undertaking to my daily routine that will have this same effect. It'd be cool if this was related to learning Japanese, but it could also be something totally different. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 9:54 AM - 5 answers

“You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.”

Daughter, voracious reader, aged 11. I'd like some graphic novel suggestions. Read and enjoyed: Nimona, Amulet, Ghosts. Knows more about than anyone else on earth: Warrior Cats. Adored: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I'd prefer stories that are age appropriate (so a lack of sex and drugs) and I'd also prefer to steer away from things based on cartoons (e.g. Adventure Time, even if I might be able to smuggle some Meredith Gran into her reading that way). What are the classics? What's new that she might enjoy?
posted by giraffeneckbattle at 9:24 AM - 38 answers

In Lieu of Avalon

Based on this FPP what are your favorite recommended books in a similar vein to Mists of Avalon, but without such a problematic author.
posted by Sophie1 at 9:06 AM - 13 answers

How to break into translation as a part -time freelancer?

(In Montreal) [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 8:13 AM - 5 answers

December 17, 2017

Can you identity this or translate this Russian/other Cyrillic language?

I need help translating the Cyrillic-alphabet language used on these labels. The labels are attached to the hooves of a few painted wooden horses I inherited from a family member. They are allegedly from Russia, and allegedly produced circa the fall of the USSR; they could very well be from a former USSR country that is not Russia. I have very little information to go on. Any translation assistance, or help identifying these painted horses and where they may have originated, is greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 11:34 AM - 6 answers

December 16, 2017

Quick latin translation.

So, wondering if any of you wonderful people out there could help with a tattoo I'd like.. Could you give me a translation for "hold my avocado" in latin?
posted by faustian slip at 10:56 AM - 10 answers

Toddler language development - sample sentences

I have limited experience but my toddler seems to have advanced language skills. Sample sentences ahead. Not going to do anything different about it but just curious. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:20 AM - 12 answers

December 15, 2017

PC and non-stigmatizing terminology vs. Google search SEO findability

I work in marketing at a nonprofit that focuses on addiction, and we constantly struggle with trying to change the conversation and stigma with terms that are outdated, like junkie, but also want folks who use the old terms to find us on Google searches. How do we compromise? [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 10:33 AM - 9 answers

New or obscure mystery novels set outside the U.S. and UK

Hi, I'm finishing up shopping for my wife and I'd like to get her a really good mystery novel. That's the type of book she seems to enjoy reading most. In the past, she's particularly enjoyed novels set outside of the U.S. and UK (tons of Scandinavian stuff, but also books set in many other countries), but she's read so many of them that I'm having trouble finding something for her this year. So, can you suggest something that is obscure or new?
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather at 6:23 AM - 28 answers

What is the best way to read James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake?

What is the best way to read James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 4:16 AM - 11 answers

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