Site Update - Nov 2

Dang, it's November already! That means it's got to be NaNoWriMo! I'm off to an okay start since I'm traveling this weekend.


The Dialect Dissection on Indie Girl Voice is still piping hot, so check that out! Yes, I talk about "banahnies and avocaydies."

If you would like to assist with Ace Linguist's hosting costs and research costs, you can help me out at Patreon or Ko-Fi. Whether you can or can't give, you are greatly appreciated!

On to the social media round-up. Probably my favorite thing I've done on Twitter so far is tracing the origin of a curious mistranslation in the Sonic Heroes manual. Fun fact - "feminisuto" (from "feminist" in English) in Japanese means something more along the lines of "chivalrous" or even "womanizer."

In case you missed it, my thread on solving an old Sonic localization mystery ? #linguistics

— Ace Linguist (@) October 28, 2018

Merriam-Webster stepping up their game with this page to let you know which words first appeared in print the year you were bron.

Unfortunately Ace Linguist was created in 2016 and that option isn't working below, but try other dates out! #linguistics

— Ace Linguist (@) October 26, 2018

I didn't make this one but I sure wish I did; a historical linguistics journey via Lana Del Rey.

sp: lana del rey
fr: laine du roi
port: lâ do rei
cat: llana del rei
it: lana del re
rom: lâna regelui

vulgar latin: *lana dẹ (ẹllọ) rẹgʲe

classical latin: lāna rēgis

proto-italic: *wlānā rēges

proto-indo-european: *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ h₃réǵs

— Matthew ???? Boutilier (@matt_boot_) October 27, 2018

What's Cooking?

I've actually got something like three different Dialect Dissections in the works right now. I'm expediting one of them due to, ahem, increased cultural relevance. I'm going to be working on these Dialect Dissections through November and posting them as they are finished.

Life has been a little hectic lately, so my apologies for not posting as frequently. I hope you all had a great Halloween! Let's move forward into November with zest!

- Karen