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Baking a Turd: Language polishing Google translate

My cousin, a music producer, told me: sure it’s possible to polish a turd. First you bake it, then lacquer it. I reflect on these words as I attempt to language polish the output of Google translate. I wonder what subtle principles of linguistics and aesthetics — principles of which we as sentient language speakers […]

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Bibliography to footnote references

I’m switching a set of papers from Chicago notes-bibliography style with full bibliography to Chicago notes-bibliography style without full bibliography. As any fule no, this will mean expanding the first occurence of the reference item in the notes from shortened to full form (among other things). Since it’s May, and a sunny evening, it’s important […]

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Terrible Philosophy Covers [updated!]

Academic philosophy books seem particularly prone to terrible covers, leading me to think that if we can’t think of a decent thing to put on the front of the book, then maybe we shouldn’t have written it in the first place. What, for example, does this cover tell us about the content of Paul Horwich’s […]

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Ouspensky obliterated

New number one in my list of worst copyediting mistakes of all time: the consistent misspelling of ‘Ouspensky‘ as ‘Onpensky’ in the text of Aldo Leopold’s ‘The Land Ethic’, in Hugh LaFollette‘s first year ethics collection ‘Ethics in Practice’. See here. I’ve taught a course based on this book: Leopold is the highlight of the […]

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