Star Wars: The Musical

The Walls are Closing In   It’s all my fault that now I hear their death – their screams of pain within their final breath.     No, we are alive. And thanks to you, we’ll get out. A whole song about such a literal event?  Songs in musicals, even if they are showpiece numbers attached closely to what is happening on stage, have to be about the hopes and…

Language Log: The prehistory of emoticons

Language Log offers a thorough discussion of the real story of the emoticon. Before seeing the Google Books page image, I had thought that Bierce’s suggested punctuation looked like this: \___/. That’s how it appears in a footnote to Andrew Graham’s online essay, “Forked Tongue: The Language of Serpent in the Enlarged Devil’s Dictionary of Ambrose Bierce,” as well as the Wikipedia entry on emoticons. It’s interesting to discover that…