commented on Geographic Apostrophe Death
theres some linguistic axiom which states something not entirely other than: the more people speak a language the simpler it becomes (in terms of grammar). so three cheers for no extraneous marks, diacritical or otherwise. to hell with case (except to distinguish between polish and Polish). and maybe we should cast out the letter c (now everyone go and read Twains monograph on the improvement of english http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/t…
commented on Slog Bible Study: Isaiah 34:7
@5 because the translators of the king james version didn't know to what animal the hebrew term רְאֵם referred to (never having encountered that reference to a particular type of ox)
they also slapped that odd translation everywhere they found it, so at least they were consistent:
Psalm 22:21 "Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns."
Job. 39:9-10 "Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?"
we aren't assuming that there's some significance to the bible that somehow transcends human foibles, are we? nahhh.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
if it soothes folks concerns at all the sheep don't "glow in the dark" in any independent sense; rather they fluoresce in response to UV light. this because they've been made to produce a protein that has that quality, like many flowers and jellyfish do. if that doesn't soothe folks concerns, well, it's still nothing to become overly concerned about (in a world jam-packed with real concerns).