Pity the journo is a thicko–he hasn’t heard of descriptive dictionaries–but the thrust of this Miami Herald story is interesting. I don’t really mind if they do spelling reform too: the Dutch rewriting of 1995 was a bugger because I’d just bought my paper Van Dale, but now all my dictionaries are digital. If the National Academies running Spain’s peripheral Romance languages were pragmatic, they’d rewrite their dictionaries to bring into line the spelling of words phonetically indistinguishable from the Spanish, thus eliminating a major source of errors in popular use. Commonsense is not, however, part of their mission statement.
- Creative career planning
From the rich mythology of KJB: Having left school at 14 in 1938 and wearied of life as a Liverpudlian brickie’s
- Death to Klingon!
Interlingua is a highly user-friendly language with a pedigree that is a bagful of doughnuts better than bitter, twisted Esperanto. Try
- The English week
Some completely useless information: la setmana anglesa (ie a working week that ends at lunch on Saturday) is specified in Article
- If there is a lawsuit, both parts have to left it to Barcelona court
The Catalan (National) Library is one of the worst and most surprising offenders. Here’s part of its exhibition loan policy: Application form
- Why does the PNV hate Fujimori?
Someone just sent me a wild and wildly misleading press release (Spanish) from the PNV, the main legal Basque nationalist party.