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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Neat on the Net: Word Nerd Edition

I haven't done a Neat on the Net in over a year, but recently I've found a few interesting things for word-lovers.

1) The Found Poetry Review will be celebrating National Poetry Month 2015 with a challenge called Poetry Month Scouts, in which you can earn poetry merit badges by completing tasks in five poetic categories: remix, erasure, conceptual chance operations, and out and about. If you complete all the badges within the month of April, you'll even win a prize.

This looks like so much fun! Get more information and sign up here.  And, if you are like me and hesitate to sign up to submit all your work in early drafts so that it might be published as part of the project, the prompts and assignments will all be available at the site as of April 1, and you can play along unofficially. You can't win if you don't play, though.

2) English T-shirts in Japan are regularly hilarious, though I have to say, this was truer in the past. Apparently the same phenomenon is still pretty amusing in China. Eric Doise reports on the t-shirts he saw during his two years in China in the Peace Corps on his website. This video of a slideshow presentation (entitled "What English Language T-shirt from China Can Teach Us About Translation") not only provides funny examples, but also considers the nature of translation, semiotics, and the role of the design elements of the alphabet when the language is not used conventionally. For those of us who've puzzled over strange English, it's thought-provoking.

3) Haruki Murakami is going to do a personal advice column. Yes, it's true. It's like a dream come true.....

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