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January 26, 2004

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Irene

Being a linguist(but a lawyer by training),I often get asked this question. As I'm working as a translator, I generally just answer "10"(=true). But then I can go on and explain that I'm not an interpreter. So I'd like to add this as my own personal pet peeve (what a nice expression, I'll try it out on my colleagues when we socialize next time ;-)

language hat

"Linguists and philosophers": I suspect this reflects the influence of Wittgenstein. I still have a hard time convincing my brother the philosophy major that linguists know more about language than his beloved Ludwig.

dan

One of my memories of primary school was an exercise in breaking down antidisestablishmentarianism into bits and trying to figure out what it meant, then checking to see whether we were right.

Interestingly, this word always looks funny when I read it - and it is is the "shment" right in the middle of the word - seems a very strange collection of sounds in english. I actually have to sound it out in my head so that it doesn't spin me out.

Blinger

Chemical name for the "Tryptophan Synthetase" protein (1914 letters)

methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalany
lalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalany
lphenylalanylvalylprolylphenylalanylvalylthreonylleucylglycylaspa
rtylprolylglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleu
cylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanylaspar
tylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylisoleucylprolylphenylalanylser
ylaspartylprolylleucylalanylaspartylglycylprolylthreonyliso
leucylglutaminylaspfraginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylpheny
lalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonylprolylalanylglutaminylcyste
inylphenylalanylglutamylmethionylleucylalanylleucylisoleucylargin
ylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonylisoleucylprolylisoleucylgl
ycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginylleucylvalylpheny
lalanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylalany
ltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylva
lylaspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalylprolylvalylglu
taminylglutamylserylalanylprolylphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalan
ylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvalylalanylprolylisoleucy
lphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanylaspartyl
aspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginylglutaminylisoleucylalanylseryl
tyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylseryl
arginylalanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparag
inylarginylalanylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidylleucy
lvalylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginylalanylalany
lprolylprolylleucylglutaminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylser
ylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylas
partylalanylglycylalanylalanylglycylalanylisoleucylserylglycylser
ylalanylisoleucylvalyllysylisoleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhi
stidylasparaginylisoleucylglutamylprolylglutamyllysylmethio
nylleucylalanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalanylvalylglutaminylp
rolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonylarginylserine.

yuto

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mr big dicks hot chicks

SC welcomes input from any philosophers whose work actually requires familiarity with the lifecycle of ordinary words. He suspects none is coming, and not just because SC only has about 100 unique readers. But thanks anyways to Mr. Miller for recognizing that linguists do handle this sort of thing.

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