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Why so many Egyptian gods’ names end in “is”?

Isis. Anubis. Apophis. Osiris. Anukis. Why do the names of so many Egyptian mythological figures end in “is”? You might assume that maybe “-is” is an Egyptian suffix or other meaningful morpheme. Nope! This actually has little to do with … Continue reading

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Sakura fruits?

Today, as a friend of mine was watching Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen, she shared a random musing with me. She wondered if the 櫻 (さくら、sakura) plant is the same plant that produces real cherries. Yes, actually! The sakura flower, when fertilised … Continue reading

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Created Languages: Why alphabets?

One of my lectures has said on more than one occasion that breaking down our language into individual sounds is not the easiest thing for us humans. It is more intuitive for us to have syllables or meaningful units be … Continue reading

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Writing, grammar, and self-publishing

Nowadays, there are quite a few books that are self-published, and with the rise of eBooks, the number has increased manifold. Continue reading

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What does your name say about you?

The University of the West Indies has a tradition of names. There are quite a few monuments around campus with lists of names of people who came before us for posterity. Right near the main gate, there is one such … Continue reading

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Still here…

It’s 2018 now, and I’ve still got a whole lot of schoolwork to do before the second semester opens. Well, better get to work!

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I won something!

On the 6th of October, someone posted something in a Facebook group I’m in: I instantly realised that there was no mention of a prize, but I still felt a strong desire to try my hand at it. My Spanish … Continue reading

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