English is a West Germanic language that developed in England during the Anglo-Saxon era. As a result of the military, economic, scientific, political, and cultural influence of the British Empire during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and of the United States since the mid 20th century, it has become the lingua franca in many parts of the world. It is used extensively as a second language and as an official language in Commonwealth countries and many international organizations. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Welcome to Blazing Hyphens (Makafim Lohatim), a blog whose name sounds better in Hebrew (even more so than in Yiddish!). This blog is a rather random assortment of quirks, ponders (is that a valid noun?) and observations I make. Since language is my main passion, most of the posts revolve around the meaningless parts of linguistics. I also write meaningful squibs (sometimes with more-than-just-google research!) which I post at Dagesh Kal, the Israeli answer to Language Log. In addition, I overuse parentheses.

My short bio: Yuval Pinter (b. 1984) is a Research Engineer at Yahoo Labs.  Yuval graduated from the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University with a BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MA in Linguistics. Happily married to Moran, father of Inbal, and owning Kesem.

Posts written in English:

Perfect Ambiguity (when instructions only make things worse)

Series of tubes (I tube. Do U?)

The Fastest Dash (when have the 100-meter runners been better than the 200-meter runners?)

Translation Errors compendium (without any accompanying explanation!)

Attempted Peace (about Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize)

Take that (about the versatility of the word "that")

4Shame (celebrating my third appearance on BBC Radio's World Have Your Say)

Getting ready for Barcelona… (let's say, "gender differences")

Principles, Parameters and the 14th Amendment (recruiting Linguistics to solve constitutional crises)

Subjective Graphs: TV comedies progression (too much procrastination)

Textless posts:i

Our Wedding Dance (the action starts at 0:58)

Our Skydiving (actual dive at 0:26)

Posts translated into English:i


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