A couple oddities:

  • My mother has a sheet music book named 100 Giant Christmas Songs.  As a linguist, I boggle: what is giant modifying here?  Neither Christmas nor the songs are being called giant; the book is.  (Challenge for conlangers: figure out a rule that allows such NPs.)
  • Sometimes it takes a kid to point out the oddity of some everyday thing.  Our Brazilian niece, seeing a common logo, asked “Why does the sign have a big 7 but it’s labelled ‘eleven’?”

As a personal note, several people have asked if I found a job, since I removed the sticky.  No, I was just tired of seeing the sticky and figured that anyone in a position to help had already seen it.  I’m still looking.  But I’m also using the time to write a book.

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