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Apropos of nothing
The book called “Relativ Frequency of English Speech Sounds,” abutting the Oxford English Dictionary in a dim corner of Sanborn Library, reports that “[T]he commoner sillables of English make up a strikingly large proportion of all ordinary discourse.”
To wit: “1,370 sillables occur over 10 times, and make up 93.3% of the total,” while “220 sillables occur over 100 times, and make up 68.7% of the total.”
Amazing what could be said with just 220 little sounds.
ONLY WEAKLY RELATED: Dartmouth’s Environmental Conservation Organization, one of many such organizations here, just sent out an e-mail advertising a rally today. I’ll reprint the first sentence for you:
“Be a part of the single biggest national movement to effect the progression of climate change!”Effect the progression of climate change? Isn’t that the opposite of what environmentalists want? Or is the goal now to undo global warming, rather than to stem it, and is that called climate change?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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