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Hamish learns about Newton’s Third Law.
October 9 was Hangul Day, a day celebrating the invention of the Korean alphabet. All writing systems are cool, but the Korean alphabet is a special favourite of linguists because the symbols are designed based on the phonetic features of their sounds. For example, from Wikipedia:
ㄱ g [k], ㅋ k [kʰ]
Basic shape: ㄱ is a side view of the back of the tongue raised toward the velum (soft palate). (For illustration, access the external link below.) ㅋ is derived from ㄱ with a stroke for the burst of aspiration.
ㄴ n [n], ㄷ d [t], ㅌ t [tʰ], ㄹ r [ɾ, l]
Basic shape: ㄴ is a side view of the tip of the tongue raised toward the alveolar ridge (gum ridge). The letters derived from ㄴ are pronounced with the same basic articulation. The line topping ㄷ represents firm contact with the roof of the mouth. The middle stroke of ㅌ represents the burst of aspiration. The top of ㄹ represents a flap of the tongue.
As this video from the late linguist Jim McCawley points out, this means that King Sejong and his scholars had a very modern understanding of articulatory phonetics and the phonology of Korean way back in the 1400s, and a sense of how important it was to design a system that was easy to learn so that everyone could be literate.
The individual sounds are then combined into syllable blocks. For example, here’s the word “hangul” itself:
Whoa, I didn’t know about this aspect of Hangul!
this cat has talent
Out of every pun and play on words I’ve seen on this site, this is the one that makes me so unreasonably angry.
No, it’s a moat.
Persimmon on the bunny. #のせうさぎ #konatsu #usagi #bunny #rabbit #妖怪ウォッチ
It’s a real zinger.
One Jar of Kimchi, 5 Dinners on Food52.
- accept that no pun is actually Good, but that the true nature of a good pun is to be so terrible that it becomes good.
- say every pun that occurs to you. i’m so serious about this, sometimes the most well received puns will be ones you considered not saying.
- ALWAYS laugh at your own puns, even if nobody else is. (especially if nobody else is.)
- know that you are hilarious. puns are a limitless resource and you have taken it as your duty to bring this gift to humanity. you are a hero.
man i know this is going to sound bougie but i really missed taking the bus. it’s cheap, it removes any responsibility i have whilst driving, and i read about 100 pages(!!) of Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. can’t do that while you’re driving. plus i got to hear a very fat…
I love public transit too! Even Chicago’s. Although it’s usually late and has weird stains on the seats, it’s convenient and you get some good people-watching opportunities. Also I can get caught up on my podcasts since it takes so dang long.