A whole dissertation was written and subsequently published about forms of address in Egyptian Arabic (Ya so-and-so). TBE read part of this book many years ago and it is fascinating. In fact everything about it is amazing. The author’s name is Dilworth B. Parkinson. The publisher is Mouton de Gruyter which to TBE’s ear sounds an awful lot like Mountain of Gruyere. Here’s the first page of a review. Any reader with access to J-STOR or whatever please send along the full review.
This essay did not quite meet TBE’s expectation but the idea, that the language we speak dictates how we see and interact with the world, is so interesting. TBE wishes some enterprising person would look into how Arabic and English differ in their world-making.
A list of the supposed 100 most beautiful words in English. Based on the font used to spell “Words” on the page alone, TBE is dubious.
“Ebonics”: BIG L