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  • acrcit
    For its retrospective exhibition of French artist Guy de Cointet's visual work , M Leuven has reprinted 'ACRCIT', an oblique newspaper originally published in Los Angeles
  • r.u.r.: rossum's universal robots
    DOMIN: What sort of worker do you think is the best from a practical point of view? HELENA: Perhaps the one who is most honest and hardworking. DOMIN: No; the one that is
  • gongoozling, snudging, sprunting
    I found gongoozle deep in the Oxford English Dictionary while I was researching The Horologicon. To gongoozle is to stare idly at a canal or watercourse. At the time, I th
  • clachan
    Pit de haund doon an whit's dere? Stons. Stons i da aest, stons i da wast, stons as faur as du kin see an whit's dis? Here i da heart o aa dis stons me an de, a drummin la
  • dunhuang desert & caves
    From Sichuan further northwest to China's traditional desert frontier, where the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang lies on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert - quite literally, w
  • dutch horizons
    In 'Fishing for Amber' (1999), his alphabetically ordered yet delightfully unclassifiable tapestry of Irish stories, Dutch history and Ovidian metamorphoses, Ciaran Carson
  • lti: lingua tertii imperii
    Words can be like tiny doses of arsenic: they are swallowed unnoticed, appear to have no effect, and then after a little time the toxic reaction sets in after all. It is t
  • ptydepe
    LEAR: Ptydepe, as you know, is a synthetic language, built on a strictly scientific basis. Its grammar is constructed with maximum rationality, its vocabulary is unsually
  • kuboaa
    I lay a while looking into the darkness, a thick massive darkness without end that I wasn't able to fathom. My thoughts couldn't grasp it. It struck me as excessively dark
  • into eternity
    The documentary ' Into Eternity ' chronicles the building of a nuclear waste storage facility in Finland. Designed as a "permanent solution" for radioactive material - whi
  • rialtoscuro
    Rialtoscuro n. disorientation when you step outside a movie theater into unexpected darkness, a twinge of jet lag from two hours of escapist fun which only diverts you fro
  • tour lore
    Rotterdam getting ready for the Tour de France with some nice Tour lore oneliners... Above: "De Tour win je in bed" ("You win the Tour in bed") Below: "Ik reed lek en de r
  • word is murder
    Word is murder of a thing, not only in the elementary sense of implying its absence - by naming a thing, we treat it as absent, as dead, although it is still present - but
  • a dissimulation of birds
    Collective nouns (not to be confused with mass nouns like water, sand or coffee) describe groups of countable things, people or animals. For animals, English has a large a
  • bokeh
    Word of the day: ' bokeh ', Japanese for fuzzy/blurry, and borrowed in English for the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas in photographs and film, most notable when s
  • a pataphor for what?
    Some more on Oulipo (see previous post ), many of whose members were also 'pataphysicians. A pseudo-philosophy devised by French playwright and surrealist avant la lettre
  • quarks
    As a postscript to the previous post , did you know the word quark (the elementary particle) came from James Joyce 's ' Finnegans Wake '? American phycisist Murray Gell-Ma
  • kluning
    As the first serious frost in years starts to get Holland into iceskating mode, one of the strangest Dutch words is coming back into use: 'klunen', 'to walk on iceskates o
  • fernweh
    Word of the day, from German: Fernweh. Coined as the opposite of Heimweh (homesickness), it literally means 'farsickness', an ache for the distance, a longing to be far aw
  • off to morocco
  • deer park
    Just four lines long, the ancient Chinese poem 'Deer Park', by Buddhist poet Wang Wei , has inspired poets and translators through the ages. Eliot Weinberger 's '19 Ways o
  • ambient music
    By now a sprawling genre of electronic music - characterized by a very fine and wavery line between boring and soaring - the idea of ambient music has an intriguing histor
  • stairway wit
    'Stairway wit', or 'stairwit', isn't really English, just the direct translation of the French ' l'esprit d'escalier ' (originally coined by Diderot ) and its German equiv
  • mathom
    Moving houses is always a confrontation with all the stuff that you've allowed to accumulate over the years. P.K. Dick called this ' kipple ' (and considered it a lost bat
  • shed a tear
    Amid all the reconstruction chaos of Rotterdam's Central Station , you'd almost overlook a poetic tribute to the old station, designed by Sybold van Ravesteyn in 1957 and
  • calling shotgun
    Hilarious Wikipedia article on ' calling shotgun ', the very American car-cultural game of claiming passenger seat rights. With some of the more elaborate rules, it must t
  • tela totius terrae
    The "tela totius terrae" (ttt) is the world wide web (www) in Latin. If this sounds like Asterix & Obelix , it turns out there's a whole ' Dictionary of Modern Latin ' (pu
  • off to china...
  • kipple
    'Cause i can never find the original definition for this great concept, here's the complete quote: Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use
  • denkraam
    Sorry, the death of graphic artist / writer Marten Toonder , creator of 177 Tom Poes & Olivier B. Bommel comics and coiner of God knows how many Dutch language innovations
  • jihad?
    To Westerners [the word jihad ] conjures scenes of screaming fanatics being egged into war by promises that they will be instantly transported to heaven if they are slain.
  • habseligkeiten
    This word was voted most beautiful German word in the competition organized by the Goethe Institute and the German Language Council. 'Belongings' doesn't even come close a

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