Lady Gaga

Like Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, Lady Gaga’s hit I Was Born This Way is something we seem to know about simply by virtue of living on this planet. It’s a bright, edgy song, its message one of accepting who you are (I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way), which Lady Gaga’s fans, in the main adolescent females, […]

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Guy Deutscher’s The Unfolding of Language

Have you ever wondered how the majestic case structure of Latin nouns came about? Every one of them has a number of suffixes that identify it as being in a particular grammatical case (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative or ablative; some nouns have specific vocative or locative forms as well), usually in both singular and plural forms. Latin is awash with […]

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Notes on Genesis (xii)

‘One shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.’ (Gen 25:23) Even before they were born the twins carried by Rebekah struggled within her womb, and in what cannot be seen as good parenting, we are told that their father loved Esau, the elder, and their mother Jacob. Ambrose observes that no parent should ‘love the one and esteem the other […]

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