Tag: Languages

A Question for Ricochetti Who Speak Hebrew

 

Representative Emanuel Cleaver ended his Congressional prayer by saying “Amen and awomen.”

Amen comes from the ancient Hebrew “āmán,” which means “so be it.” So, just for grins, what does “awoman” mean in ancient Hebrew? It could sound like the phrase “your mother is a tortoise, ” “my hovercraft is full of eels,” or something equally silly. It would be fun to find out.

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A son of a family friend recently started studying Khmer, his mother’s native language. He accused us (his mother and I) of misleading him when we mentioned that there are 76 letters in the Khmer alphabet, when in fact there are 124. And he’s right, technically. This post is not about that; one of his […]

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We were in the Publix supermarket today, just checking out a few things. Two people were ahead of us; the woman directly in front of the checker was having trouble getting out the right amount of money to pay for her groceries. Once she finished her transaction and left, the checker and bagger (both women) […]

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Hi all. Im thinking of venturing into Latin as I may be heading back to school to study the history of the Roman Catholic Church and Papal politics in Renaissance Italy, so I need a decent grounding in Latin. I have one edition of Wheelock but didn’t really find it to my liking nor am […]

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Hey all,I am planning to delve back into my history studies with the intention of getting a Ph.D. Yes, I am aware of the lack of jobs and all that. I am pursuing this degree purely for personal fulfillment and I am currently employed as a high school history teacher. Because I am focusing on […]

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