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July 17, 2020

You say Leicester, I say Lester


From LeicestershireLive:

This is why Leicester is pronounced "Lester"

Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and also attracts a huge number of tourists since a certain car park was given a close inspection.

When people arrive in the city, many have the same question: "Why is Leicester pronounced 'Lester?'"

Like the names of a number of English cities, Leicester is much easier to say than to write.

If you're ready for an English lesson, here's where the pronunciation comes from.

The abbreviated way of pronouncing place names ending in "-cester" can be seen in the Shakespearean era.

This word, spelled ceaster in the Old English language, comes from the Latin castra (camp), which originally referred to a Roman encampment in ancient Britain.

So why does "-cester" has a "-ster" pronunciation?

It is believed that the "-ster" pronunciation developed in the early 18th century.

William Johnston's "A Pronouncing and Spelling Dictionary" (1764) notes that "c" is not pronounced in words such as Leicester, Gloucester, and Worcester, which makes them two-syllable words.

However, the English remember "ceaster" as a toponymic suffix which is adapted variously as -cester (Leicester), -caster (Lancaster), and -chester (Manchester).

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The sculpture of Mia Westerlund Roosen

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The artist was born in New York City in 1942.

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The pieces

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above and

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date from 2008 to the present.

July 17, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

World Carrot Museum

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Res ipsa loquitur.

This is no humbug: have a look, for example, at "The Origin and Evolution of Baby Carrots."

Plenty there to chew on.

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"The Lola Quartet" — Emily St. John Mandel


Alas, I've come to the end of this wonderful author's oeuvre.

This is the fifth of the author's five novels, saved until I couldn't stand it any longer.

I still haven't figured out exactly how she does what she does, which is move the narrative forward and backward in time without making it clear that that's what she's doing, creating a mild sense of disorientation in the reader that's very appealing.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

July 17, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Fruity Toilet Paper — "Looks good enough to eat"


Don't go there.

From boingboing:

You've never wiped your keister with a kiwi?

The simultaneously strange and endearing qualities of Japan are laid bare in this quote from the manufacturer's website, so helpfully pointed out by Rocket News: "Latona Marketing says of their sweet creation, 'Many companies and stores throughout Japan give a roll of toilet paper to customers as a novelty gift to show their appreciation.'"

Unfortunately not scented so while fruity they may look in the bathroom, fruity they will not smell.

Four-roll assortment pictured: ¥1,500 ($14 USD).

July 17, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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