No voiceless labial stop was left unalliterated
Yeah, it’s another this and that sort of post.
My name’s Uncle Angel and I’m a blogspot addict
I’ve been going a bit mad on blogspot blogs via Britblog because you never know when Nanny’s going to clench again. [13.11.13. It should be noted that britblog has long since become extinct, but not because Nanny clenched, although she did eventually.]
Do you mean “migratify”?
In recent days I’ve encountered a couple of instances of “migrate” as a (shudder) transitive verb. It seems to be Geek Speak for “move” or “transfer”, but why neither of those verbs is considered suitable I don’t know. Perhaps some stylistically retarded programmer thought “migrate (vt)” was formal. Ugh. This sort of thing makes me cringe. It’s “migrate (vi)” and takes a [+animate] subject.
In about mid-autumn, the birds migrate south to the shores of Lake Victoria.
The sysadmin transferred/moved the files to his flash drive.
*!The sysadmin migrated the files to his flash drive.
??The sysadmin migratified (= caused to migrate) the files to his flash drive.
Actually, I’m not the inventor of “migratify”, although Google only returns four hits for it. However, at some stage in the future am I going to see instances of “migratify” and regret that I may be responsible for such a travesty? [13.11.13. I never have seen the hideous “migratify” again, but I’m sure I’ve seen “migrate” grossly misused a few times in the past seven years.]
Everything’s going well so far – for Australia. This is why I don’t tend to mention England’s cricketing antics. Too much, “Oh bloody hell. Here we go again.” [13.11.13. Things have changed a bit since then, and although England can still make utter asses of themselves, they’ve occasionally managed to emerge from test series in (well-deserved) triumph.]
Loving you heaps, David Cameron.
You know when the Tories have a new leader because he starts talking about caring and sharing, which seem to be words the Tories only understand (vaguely) after consulting a dictionary. I hope Polly Toynbee (Leaves out of my book; If Cameron can climb on my caravan, anything is possible – these appear to be the same article) is enjoying Dave’s hot lovin’.
This latest attempt at repositioning shows that the UK really is becoming more like China. There’s not just the excessive surveillance and lack of privacy protection, but real choice in elections seems to have disappeared. Here you vote for the Party candidate of your choice. In the UK, the main parties have different names, but, well, that’s about it. [13.11.13. The country ended up with a coalition at the last election, which seems to suit no one. I can see Britain swinging back to being a two-party state at the next election, although the lunatics of the UKIP might make things a little more interesting.]
Farewell, Nick Clark.
I was sorry to hear that Nick Clark died from cancer at the age of 58. I would’ve listened to him on the World at One quite a lot when I was incarcerated in Widow Twanky’s dungeon in Cambridge. Damn Nanny for blocking R4 on line.
The perils of polytheism.
I happened to stumble across Ethics Updates at the University of Sandiego just recently. One of the essay topics under Religion and Ethics is
Many cultures, such as ancient Greek culture, are polytheistic, that is, they believe in many different gods. How would a polytheist interpret a divine command? What problems would the polytheistic divine command theorists encounter that their monotheistic counterparts do not have to confront? Is the (alleged) existence of more than one god an argument for moral relativity?
I’m not sure that the object of the exercise really turns out to be the object intended.
The only polytheistic religion I know anything about is that of Greece. The answer to the first question is that the Greeks would’ve interpreted divine commands in the same way that a monotheist would. As for the second question, I assume we’re meant to believe that a polytheistic religion may produce ethical conflicts because of contrary demands from different gods. I can’t think of a single instance of this in Greek mythology. From a Greek perspective, the answer to the third question is negative because the Greek gods conformed to Greek notions of morality (which included the maxim, “I can bonk your wife; you can’t bonk mine”).
However, perhaps there are divinely inspired ethical conflicts in other polytheistic religions, although such paradoxes would render such a religion inherently unstable.