One of the properties of every known human language is that they are ambiguous. Being “ambiguous” means that something can have more than one interpretation. Humans are so good at “resolving” ambiguities (i.e., figuring out the intended interpretation) that we rarely notice them, but in fact almost everything that you will hear/read or say/write today will be ambiguous in some way or another. 331 more words
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Of all of my students, this is the one on whom my work habits rubbed off.
Déteindre sur: to rub off on. Ton pull à déteint sur ma chemise–il ne fallait pas les mettre ensemble au lavage. 12 more words
White House leak template for journalists: You speak more English/French/Spanish than you think you do
For me, it became clear that we had crossed some horrible line between sanity and madness when journalists started laughing during news stories. Leaks of stories of hallucinatory misbehavior, treason, criminality, and just plain evil have been coming out of the Trump government so fast that it’s become surreal. 1,586 more words
One of the disorienting things about being in a foreign country is that you often find that you’re incapable of doing the simplest things–things that you could do without really having to think about them in your country of origin. 996 more words