Saturday, November 25, 2023

The mysterious case of the "lost positive"

English is a mess and probably always will be.  It combines West Germanic languages, Latin, Old Norse, and French.  This gives us more words that mean the same thing.

At one time English had grammatical gender just like many languages do today, but dropped it.  I'm grateful for this simplification.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Why Do Americans Write the Date Like This?

The International ISO standard for dates is YYYY-MM-DD.  I've been using this format for the simple reason that I like it.

Friday, November 3, 2023

The Mind

"The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions."

Ralph Waldo Emerson