In the movie we saw last night about Bela Fleck taking the banjo back to its African context (which was very moving and deserves more than the off-hand mention it gets here), it struck us that the country we thought of as “Gambia” is actually “The Gambia”. Which led to a brief bit of research into what other countries have a “The”. Officially, just The Bahamas. Unofficially, Ehren decided, it should be all countries that start with “United”, plus all plural island chains.
I care about writing, speaking, singing. I love English.
Outraged, and mollified
Outraged: What happens to unsold books.
Mollified: Inspired, even. These people were outraged too, and look what they did. (I think their domain name is a little bit of a stretch, though.)
More coolness from the WorldClock people
World Clock Meeting Planner. (Brought to us by the “Three Kinds of Twilight” people, as aforementioned.) (I want to say “hereinaforementioned.” Makes me feel all linguistically Germanic, and therefore cheerful, despite Ehren being out sick today.)
Why: I might have to schedule a phone meeting/web conference with someone in Wales.