Category Archives: Blog

  • The Philogelos: Joke #55 – Self-Sufficient Idiot

    Posted on January 23, 2017 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • In Memory of Jane Page

    Posted on January 20, 2017 by nmladmin_wp1 in Blog.

    The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Language notes with sadness the passing of Olga “Jane” Page on January 16th, 2017.  Jane, aged 92, was a longtime friend and supporter of the Museum and served as an Associate.  She will be remembered as the smiling woman that greeted people attending Museum events. Mrs. […]

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  • 5 Wise and Witty Biblical Phrases to Ring in 2017

    Posted on December 31, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    The Western world owes many of its pithiest and most quotable aphorisms to the Judeo-Christian canon.  Both the Old and New Testaments are replete with rich imagery, graceful language, and profound wisdoms. Here are 5 quintessential examples. GOOD SAMARITAN The term “good Samaritan” is used to refer to a charitable or kind-hearted person that offers […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #165 – Window Shopping

    Posted on December 21, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • Fighting For Indigenous Languages: Interview with Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning

    Posted on December 16, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    In today’s interview with a language expert, we had the exciting opportunity to hear from Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning. Dr. Greymorning, a political anthropologist, holds joint positions in Anthropology and Native American Studies at the University of Montana.  His research among Indigenous peoples has spanned Australia, Canada, Colombia S.A., New Zealand, E. Timor and the United […]

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  • Accent Reduction Training in the 21st Century

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    The United States has long attracted many of the world’s brightest minds. While our universities and businesses benefit from such a dazzling array of experts, foreign professionals and students often find themselves careening headlong into cultural and linguistic barriers that divide them from their American counterparts. To ease the process for them and the American […]

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  • On Language and Illustration: Interview with Linda Thompson

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Linda Thompson is a philologist and longtime Executive Assistant of the National Museum of Language. In fact, we like to think she’s the “glue” that holds the Museum in place. Lately, she has also been the cartoonist for the Greek language Philogelos and Arthur the Rat/Dictionary of American English (DARE) comic strips on our homepage. […]

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  • Arthur the Rat

    Posted on November 27, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Exhibits.

     As part of our new exhibit on dialect research that led to the creation of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), we present  “Arthur the Rat.” This short tale was used to obtain phonetic representation from throughout the country of all phonemes in American English. Recordings were made of DARE informants from all over the United States reading […]

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  • Museum Spotlight: Mundolingua

    Posted on November 6, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    As part of the International Network of Language Museums, we’re in great company. The 11 member museums span 10 countries and 3 continents, and we thought you might like to hear about the fascinating work they do. Read on to learn about Mundolingua, a Parisian museum in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Mundolingua opened its doors […]

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  • 2016 Holiday Party and Speaker Event

    Posted on October 25, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Events.

    Join us December 10, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm  at the City of College Park – City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740 Free parking is available. NML staff at the door will provide parking passes. Presidential Foreign Language Trivia by Greg Nedved Author Gregory J. Nedved acknowledges the presence of books on […]

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