2004.05.02

Eyefish and Earworms

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Surreal anime art from SAKANATSUKAI (meaning, if my Japanese isn’t too rusty, “using fish”??). There are two galleries, here and here.

via signalstation, who also pointed me at Cipango, with lots of great art links.


Word of the day: “ohrwurm,” literally German for “earworm,” referring to a tune or song that gets stuck in your head and won’t get out. Wonderful!


  • Loliinspired

    That is something I love about languages. They all have unique expressions that are not translated as poetically. Even sign language is like that. I have a deaf friend; she told a hilarious joke, but when asked to explain for someone who didn't know sign, it lost all humor from the laborious explanation. (Well, you see, this sign 'sounds like' the sign for...)

    Fabby post as usual, Yuki!

  • English is really missing out on words such as these...Everything takes sentences to explain.

    As I learn Russian I find a lot of these. Concepts that just don't exist in English outside of a paragraph of explanation and metaphores.

    Russian has about 8,000 total words in the language.

    English: about 200,000 words are in common use today. An educated person has a vocabulary of about 20,000 words and uses about 2,000 in a week's conversation.

    (from http://www.wordorigins.org/...

    *sigh*

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