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  • Fri, 19:50: RT @giles_fraser: Ian Paisley RIP. He called my Guardian column "the howling of the beasts of hell's pit and the roaring of the Devil himse…

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My two-penn'orth on that 'ten books that have stayed with you' (only kind of off the top of your head, without thinking about it too hard) meme-thing. Read more...Collapse )

And, of course, there were the also-rans, that nearly made the list but didn't quite, for various reasons: Asimov's Guide to Science, Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, and Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Sun, 19:53: Little A can now sing 1st verse of Aphramouse theme tune I made up for her as a baby (to tune of Spiderman, Spiderman). Glad it's not 2nd...
  • Sun, 19:54: All I can now remember of 2nd verse is that it rhymed 'mewl' with 'drool'.

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  • Thu, 12:16: RT @FeministAspie: Lego's female scientists (which they were more than happy to receive loads of great press for) discontinued already: htt…
  • Thu, 16:52: Don't deport Wadih Chourey who has downs syndrome to the Lebanon. Pls sign & RT https://t.co/6ok9WOoqYJ via @38_degrees
  • Fri, 11:29: B. (aged 2, after dinner) : More chocolate please, Mummy. J: No more chocolate. How about a satsuma? B: No satsuma. How about... chocolate?

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  • Fri, 17:10: Waiting nearly 20 min outside The Bear for a "Birds of Prey Experience" with two small children. Bored & not at all impressed.
  • Fri, 17:17: Email from "The Birds of Prey Experience" said they started at 3pm: 5:15pm and they haven't come yet. Toddler crying. About to give up & go.

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I've left this series of posts somewhat in abeyance for a while, but that's not to say that I haven't still been reading up on various things Romani — just not really making time to post. There are still a number of things I want to get around to posting about — resources, as I keep promising, songs, and some more social/cultural stuff — but for now I wanted to do another quick post on vocabulary, specifically on the pre-Greek core vocabulary.

In Romani, setting aside the significant Greek lexical and grammatical borrowings, we basically have about three or four other layers of vocabulary to contend with, almost all of which are quite alien to me. In fact, given the way that most people tend to study languages from one particular group or one particular part of the world, it's pretty unlikely that all of the relevant influences would be familiar to any one learner.

This is an issue for me as a learner because I've rarely tackled (and when I have tackled, rarely made much headway with) languages completely unrelated to English such as, say, Japanese, or Hebrew, or Middle Egyptian. That means that for me there's usually some kind of connection I can make between what I'm learning and English — or at least to some other, intermediate language that I'm more familiar with. This is partly a crossword-solving, riddling pleasure of little Aha! moments, where you suddenly spot how things link up and make patterns, and partly a straightforward mnemonic technique: once you've found out that the TV character Dame Edna (originally Mrs Norm Everage, a typical suburban Australian housewife) originates in an Australian pronunciation of 'average' — apart from thinking 'well, duh' for not having spotted it before — you simply don't forget.
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  • Sun, 18:51: Little B shows he's learning 2b English w/comment on the weather: 'raining'. Undermines it by exclaiming 'opa!' at @parnograszt gypsy music.

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  • Mon, 20:47: RT @LabourEoin: 48% of Voters want to RAISE taxes to protect our NHS. Retweet if you agree with them. http://t.co/quWkECxzVf
  • Mon, 22:05: Little A heard me play a Meteors song once & now requests it & sings along. Today baby B -not yet 2- joined in with "My Daddy is a Vampire!"

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  • Thu, 13:31: Israeli Defence Force: deliberately emptying a whole clip of bullets into a child "not unethical". http://t.co/nZwn2QP9uB
  • Fri, 10:06: Yesterday B said 'brachiosaurus'; today, 'stegosaurus'. He's still not quite 2 yet - I blame his big sister's influence!

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