Browsing Month June, 2009

Feedburner URLs that have huge accidental traffic

When I tried last month to consolidate my feeds into one, things did not go as planned. I lost about 3000 subscribers, for one thing, mainly due to RSS readers that don’t know how to handle the very standard and ordinary htaccess redirect. I did this through Feedburner, which hosts my feeds. Feedburner also put more…

I held Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary in my hands

Last night I got to see some rare first editions in a private library, including a copy of Samuel Johnson’s first 1755 dictionary. I held it in my two hands and flipped through the pages. Very exciting! We also saw a copy of the wire service roll recording the teletypes sent out on the day more…

Boohoo, wah, & diddums: words of fake sympathy

Here’s my latest column—written for learners of English—from the Malaysia Star. … Sometimes, when you are explaining how someone done you wrong (a very informal and not altogether grammatical way of saying someone “treated you badly”), a listener will hold up a hand and slowly rub his index finger and thumb together. If you’ve never more…