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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Sunday March 21, 2004. Email of comment (eoc) to Oxblog http://oxblog.blogspot.com/: On subjects I know about, USA TODAY is more likely than the New York Times to get it right. As a newspaper of record in the sense that it's likely to quote the original sources, I find the Times useful.

An example of the Times getting things wrong: A few years ago, they ran an article about how the New York City dialect was disappearing. Every linguist quoted in the article said, plainly and clearly, that the New York Metropolitan Dialect was _changing_. Not disappearing, changing.

I don't know if the reporter(s) got things wrong, or if they were right until an editor "corrected" the article.
Chris Bertram on Crooked Timber:
Dan Dennett has an example somewhere where he imagines that someone discovers the score of a hitherto lost Bach cantata. But by an unfortunate co-incidence, the first few notes are identical to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” thus preventing us from ever having the experience eighteenth-century Leipzigers had of the music. Pauline and I have an interest in Art Nouveau, and, surfing ebay to see what there was for sale, she stumbled on an exquisite brooch designed by Charles Horner of Chester in 1895 or 6. From the description:
The brooch is decorated with a flyfot symbol. In Western traditions, the flyfots arms each represent one of the four elements, and the extention symbolizes that element in motion; thus representing life and movement. It was also used by the Maya, Navajo, Jains and Buddhists. In Scandinavia mythology it represents Thor’s hammer.

Did you know what a flyfot is? No, neither did I.
Posted on March 21, 2004 06:27 PM UTC

The real name of this symbol (apart from the one we all know) is fylfot.
Posted by Rod · March 21, 2004 06:33 PM

[Hint: Adolf Hitler used this symbol.]

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