The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow: Icelandic bromance, with weapons, secret panels, and justice

I try to read to my kids for an hour every night — sometimes two hours, if we time everything right.  Whenever I need about 20 minutes to do a load of laundry or make a phone call, I tell the kids “It’s time for the book game,” which involves each child picking a book for Peter to read to Carolyn. (Berenstein Bears and Magic School Bus titles are still…

Female man to female man

The always-interesting Language Log offers this detailed and thoughtful analysis of gender and sports terminology. Here’s just a snippet: I’ve never seen man used to refer to a female athlete in an expression like “guard her man” or “I had my man beat”. Nor, for that matter, have I ever seen woman used in such expressions. Instead, female athletes and their coaches seem normally to use girl.– Mark Liberman