November 23, 2008
I've just spent the better part of 2 hours listening to dialects spoken in the International Dialects for English Archive. Funny how various accents instantly conjure people and places. Texas One for example, recalls my 4th grade teacher, whereas England 62 recalls a long forgotten friend I made many summers ago in England. Anyway it's an interesting archive, if an incomplete one. The Louisiana page houses only 4 samples whereas it should rightfully hold scores.
More dialect links.
Here are a few words I've learned recently. I love them already. What do you love?
barlafumble - a call for a truce by one who has fallen in fighting or play; a request for a time out.
ephemerist - one who studies the daily motions and positions of the planets.
zenzizenzizzenzic - the eighth power of a number.
xenodochium - A house for the reception of strangers. In the Middle Ages, a room in a monastery for the reception and entertainment of strangers and pilgrims, and for the relief of paupers.