SNC meteorites

According to David Darling’s website: SNC meteorites are a group of [meteorites] thought to have come from the surface of Mars and named after the initials of the places where the first three were found: Shergotty, India in 1865, Chassigny, France in 1815, and Nahkla, Egypt in 1911. The SNC subgroups are the shergottites, nakhlites, […]

Double garden path

Turns out that although I mentioned garden-path sentences once here in passing, I’ve never really written about them. A garden-path sentence is one that initially leads the reader to parse it in one way, but turns out to be structured differently than it appeared to be. The usual example, and the first example I encountered, […]

On French

Tumblr user eevielearnsfrench asks for an explanation of French: https://olofahere.tumblr.com/post/175586618668/cheeseanonioncrisps-futurebartallen In another branch of the Tumblr thread, someone added “Gargling, but with air.” Reddit users respond and add suggestions. Examples: Eating your own tongue with a paired wine. (–popgruys) Like English but with three and a half fingers in your mouth at all times. (—sharrrp) […]

aqua

Just looked at the list of ingredients for a skin lotion; the first ingredient listed was “aqua.” I figured it probably referred to water, but I’m not used to water being called anything other than water in ingredients lists, so I poked around a little further. Turns out it’s not at all unusual, according to […]