June 2006

  • Taboos in Proto-Indo-European

    Words are potent and dangerous magic spells. Well, maybe a word like “toothpaste” isn’t particularly magical, but most words carry some power to them; and some words are so powerful that using them in casual conversation can have terrible unintended consequences. For example, there are any number of words — single, individual words with simple,… Continue reading

  • Thor’s Stroll

    Scrunch up on the couch And cuddle in my arms, Thor’s out a-striding, And frightening the children. He’s barreled down Bifrost And slung his hammer wide, It smacks and cracks the mountaintops, It rivens the summer sky. Lightning-crowned thunder clouds Follow in his train, They slam our doors and windows, They whip the porch with… Continue reading