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  Topic: Echoes of the Ice Age
DPCrisp

Replies: 134
Views: 33717

PostForum: Pre-History   Posted: 12:53 am   Subject: Echoes of the Ice Age
I'm not really here: just get to dip in from time to time -- catching up seems impossible -- but I thought I'd say what a lot of pony has been spoken about Horse Latitudes. And a trick reared its head ...
  Topic: Did The Dark Ages Exist?
DPCrisp

Replies: 1318
Views: 267035

PostForum: NEW CONCEPTS   Posted: 7:25 pm   Subject: Did The Dark Ages Exist?
The Golden Hind is the Golden Horde.
I was intrigued... but you lost me here.

I don' believe this either: "She was originally known as the Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578 ...
  Topic: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
DPCrisp

Replies: 1691
Views: 224550

PostForum: NEW CONCEPTS   Posted: 8:33 pm   Subject: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
Have we done this one? I don't think so.

Where am I?

The main river, running west-east through the land,
goes by a DN name and an IS name,
and empties into a sea whose name means "north&q ...
  Topic: Instinct, ancestral memory
DPCrisp

Replies: 44
Views: 24808

PostForum: Psychology   Posted: 12:37 pm   Subject: Instinct, ancestral memory
Could you indicate, Mr Crisp, how old your own children are.
Er... yes, but being something of an aside here, praps I should post in a "greyed-out" color... One is 26, too bright for his ow ...
  Topic: Great Minds Think Differently
DPCrisp

Replies: 55
Views: 26574

PostForum: Psychology   Posted: 12:16 pm   Subject: Great Minds Think Differently
So, does everybody here start dreaming the moment they nod off?
I used to wig-out on the bus, thinking I was just watching things pass by... then realising I had been (day)dreaming. And still, in the ...
  Topic: Instinct, ancestral memory
DPCrisp

Replies: 44
Views: 24808

PostForum: Psychology   Posted: 11:47 am   Subject: Instinct, ancestral memory
Brian: My daughter is studying psychologyMick: PS Obviously, Brian, you cannot tell your daughter about any of this if you want her to get a two-one or better.
No, tell her!. Then she'll cleave more ...
  Topic: Cloak-not-Dagger
DPCrisp

Replies: 108
Views: 39611

PostForum: NEW CONCEPTS   Posted: 6:34 pm   Subject: Cloak-not-Dagger
In mythology the sacrifice (human or divine) is eaten as part of the end of the year ritual, but not the leg- or shank-bone.

It's not an anatomical leg of course. The food of the gods or sacrific ...
  Topic: Cloak-not-Dagger
DPCrisp

Replies: 108
Views: 39611

PostForum: NEW CONCEPTS   Posted: 11:42 am   Subject: Re: Cloak-not-Dagger
the cloak of St Martin of Tours (the one he cut in two and gave half, not the whole mind you, to a beggar, i.e. Christ in disguise)
Did he recognise Christ once the cloak was rent, by any chance?

...
  Topic: Crying Wolf
DPCrisp

Replies: 812
Views: 193121

PostForum: Life Sciences   Posted: 11:10 am   Subject: Crying Wolf
By an amazing coincidence, last night our TV showed the BBC documentary "The Secret Life of the Dog" which contained a section on the Russian Silver Fox breeding experiment.
See pages 21 an ...
  Topic: Origins of....Species
DPCrisp

Replies: 247
Views: 97570

PostForum: Life Sciences   Posted: 10:58 am   Subject: Origins of....Species
I can't remember the details now, but I heard about someone on telly with extremely long fingernails -- one of those Hindu guys, maybe -- who said they had feeling in their nails.

I wonder whether ...
  Topic: Flying Chaucers
DPCrisp

Replies: 1119
Views: 244358

PostForum: Linguistics   Posted: 11:59 am   Subject: Flying Chaucers
My problem is not with "starting at the bottom", but refusing to move on from there to explore the implications.
We have been applying some fundamental, logical principles, but you don't se ...
  Topic: Flying Chaucers
DPCrisp

Replies: 1119
Views: 244358

PostForum: Linguistics   Posted: 11:44 am   Subject: Flying Chaucers
So far, all I've got by way of explanation for the spelling and pronunciation of KNIFE or NIGHT are:

They must have been pronounced that way in the 11th century because that's how they're pronounc ...
  Topic: Flying Chaucers
DPCrisp

Replies: 1119
Views: 244358

PostForum: Linguistics   Posted: 11:41 am   Subject: Flying Chaucers
Did you learn your alphabet at school? Were you taught that I is
No this is all news to me.

So why isn't
Night, nite, nait, naight, nyt, nyht, nyght, nit, noit, nuit, nuet, nueet, naet, naeet, ...
  Topic: Flying Chaucers
DPCrisp

Replies: 1119
Views: 244358

PostForum: Linguistics   Posted: 11:37 am   Subject: Flying Chaucers
Spellings were standardised from the 15th century or so, but when were the conventions invented? Since Chaucer, for instance, combines familiar with unfamiliar spellings, let us say our spellings were ...
  Topic: Flying Chaucers
DPCrisp

Replies: 1119
Views: 244358

PostForum: Linguistics   Posted: 11:34 am   Subject: Flying Chaucers
What's AE's alternative hypothesis for that huge eccentricity known as English spelling?... The alternate hypothesis upheld by "orthodoxy" is that English spelling reflects significant chang ...
 
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