Lessons in Being Quiet

If you tell a historical linguist online that you want to hug him… he will publicly respond on his respectable OUP blog and your shame will want to dig a hole and live there for a while. Simultaneously though, your vanity will leap 5 stories into the air and demand that you immediately publish your name dropping on your less-and-less respectable personal website. Both parts of you are weird, and both things are happening right now:

This one time Anatoly Liberman wrote my full name on the internet. 

So I guess if I ever leave this dirt hole I’m living in and go to Minnesota, I could hug my favorite etymologist. Terrifying. Awesome. Terrifying. Awesome.

March 28, 2013

in 2013,Words & Origins

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Mum April 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM



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