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Motherfucker with an AK in my Supermarket

April 30th, 2007

America has no official language. English is the de facto language, but as far as I know, that’s nowhere writ in law (that’s what makes it de facto). So I wonder exactly how the FCC decides which profanity is deserving of big fines and which isn’t. Is it only English profanity that’s forbidden? English and […]

Why is Japanese Polite Speech So Hard?

March 22nd, 2007

I have no idea. That is, I don’t think it’s so hard, but just looking around me, I’m surrounded by people who can’t speak politely. Not people who won’t , mind you (that’s a universal constant), but people who want to but can’t. Basically, Japanese has 3 politeness levels: friendly, polite, and formal. Friendly is […]

Word for Catch-22 in Japanese

January 5th, 2007

Looking through my referral logs, it would appear that someone came here searching for “japanese word for catch-22”. Just so you aren’t left hanging, there really isn’t one. Which isn’t so surprising — after all, until 1961, there was no word in English that encapsulated that particular type of dilemma either, hence the popularity of […]

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