Tag Archives: Linguistics

Dammit I’m mad!

Did you ever wonder why the word symmetry isn’t a palindrome? (Or for that matter, why isn’t palindrome a palindrome?) Of course, the most intriguing palindromes go well beyond the pattern recognition of a kid who suddenly sees (hey there’s one) that radar is spelled the same both forward and backward. Many of the palindrome’s […]

Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (施氏食狮史)

I stumbled on this and simply love it. This story crafted by Chinese American linguist Chao Yuen Ren, can easily by understood by educated readers of Classical Chinese. Due to the evolution in the pronunciation of Chinese over the past two millennium; however, when spoken in Mandarin, it is a practically incomprehensible string of the Pinyin ‘shi’ in […]