Seven links in honor of September (from septimus, meaning "seventh"):
1. If you're a fan of global football (soccer), you may know the teams NAC Breda, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, and Sampdoria. But do you know what those names mean? Even if you don't follow soccer, this article from the Guardian (UK) is fascinating. (Hat tip: Lance Knobel.)
2. If Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations were published today, it would be titled Invisible Hands: The Mysterious Market Forces That Control Our Lives and How to Profit from Them—am I right? Check out other contemporary retitlings at Your Monkey Called, and be sure to read the comments. The post got picked up by Kottke.org, where commenters submitted a slew of new suggestions. (Then: Infinite Jest. Now: Epic LOLZ.)
3. Syntactic ambiguity ("The man saw the boy with the binoculars"), independence of syntax ("Colorless green ideas sleep furiously"), lexical ambiguity ("Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) and other linguistic example sentences, in English and 18 other languages. (Via @thatwhichmatter.)
6. Who knew there were so many varieties of doughnuts in the world? Sixteen in Spain alone.
- Yiddish lyrics to Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance
- Talk Like a Pirate in German. (Hey, German and Yiddish are related!)
- A 2006 Jewish Journal article about Jewish pirates.