Category Archives: language

Deaf as a post

The allegations that gave rise to this story of yesterday, “Police lay charges in Arctic grave desecration,” appear to have created a huge uproar in Baker Lake these past few weeks. Now that the story is widely reported, I expect … Continue reading

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Call me a cynic, but I love it when I see this kind of thing…

A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister, in which the word “Iqaluit” is mispelled everywhere, in English and French: Media Advisory Date: August 17, 2009 For immediate release PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER’S PUBLIC EVENTS OTTAWA – Public … Continue reading

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Petty mendacity, in all its glory

When an election looms, no turd is so smelly that you’re not ashamed to pick it up and hurl it at your enemies it seems, especially when one’s gullible constituents must be pandered to and manipulated. Here’s the unedited text … Continue reading

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Post-traumatic embitterment disorder

When your humble content provider spied a link to this term in the Double-Tongued Dictionary today, he thought he had stumbled across a clever new play on words. But no. A bunch of shrinks actually want to medicalize this common … Continue reading

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Inuktitut Qaujimajjutit

Here’s a worthy endeavour, from an interesting private firm in Iqaluit called Pirurvik. It’s a new phrase-book aimed at helping non-Inuktitut speakers learn some basic bits and pieces of the Inuit language. Leena Evic, the woman in the picture, along … Continue reading

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