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Archive for January 2010

Would you have spotted the fraud?


Scarily authentic-looking ATM skimmers.

In Search of the World’s Hardest Language

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English spelling may be the most idiosyncratic, [...] But spelling is ancillary to a language's real complexity; English is a relatively simple language, absurdly spelled. [...]

For sound complexity, one language stands out. !Xóõ, spoken by just a few thousand, mostly in Botswana, has a blistering array of unusual sounds. Its vowels include plain, pharyngealised, strident and breathy, and they carry four tones. It has five basic clicks and 17 accompanying ones. [...]

Beyond sound comes the problem of grammar. On this score, some European languages are far harder than are, say, Latin or Greek. Latin's six cases cower in comparison with Estonian’s 14, which include inessive, elative, adessive, abessive [...]

Death Bear is here to help


Death Bear will [come to your house and] take things from you that trigger painful memories and stow them away in his cave where they will remain forever allowing you to move on with your life.

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