• Play an online game to help science
    A team of cognitive scientists is trying to develop a ‘visual grammar’ of letter shapes. Would you like to help them? You can do so by playing a new online game developed by the research team. Players compete to develop rules that describe the shapes of letters in a wide range of writing systems. Using… Continue reading Play an online game to help science
  • ‘Similar to’ in starting a sentence
    Over the last 10 years or so, I have seen more and more sentences starting with the phrase Similar to. These sentences often say something like: Similar to A, B does X. Here is a slightly abbreviated version of a recent example I saw in The Times [of London]. Similar to much of myalgic encephalomyelitis… Continue reading ‘Similar to’ in starting a sentence
  • Ultracrepidarianism
    I learnt this splendid word in an article about the eccentric English politician Jacob Rees-Mogg, who cultivates the air of an outdated aristocrat who has barely reached the 19th century, let alone the 21st. It means the habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultracrepidarianism The man himself would be… Continue reading Ultracrepidarianism

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