Tuesday, July 17, 2007

8 Facts about the author of Confessions

The Linguistic Mystic has tagged me with a meme wandering through some parts of the blogosphere. The requirement: To give 8 random facts about oneself and tag some other people. The rules and my nominees will follow. In the mean time, I would suggest following the link to find out about the continuum of bloggers. I think I'm similar to the Linguistic Mystic - none of my blogs are deep personal explorations of who I am or what I do. Nor are they diaries. But the topics and the tone always reflect who I am and what interests me. Without further ado, 8 random facts:

1. Since two of my front teeth grew in a little funny, I've never been able to make a proper "s." I hiss a little in every language I speak.

2. When I was in graduate school, I edited the poetry section of a literature and language arts graduate journal. I also did the set-up work to put the journal in Pagemaker for publication. I thoroughly enjoyed both tasks.

3. I am one of the contributors to a specialized encyclopedia on a 19th c. French author. Because of this, I do not trust books in the library much more than Wikipedia entries.

4. Violating a number of sociolinguistic and cultural rules, my sister and I addressed most of our parents' friends by their first names. It had to be explained to us that we should address neither teachers nor school principals by their first names while in school.

5. I once worked in a tennis shop. I cannot hit a tennis ball to save my life, but by looking at your body type and asking you four or five questions, I can probably tell you which of five tennis rackets you'll like best before you try them.

6. While teaching in graduate school, I participated in a study to see whether it was more effective to teach direct or indirect object pronouns first in French. Preliminary research indicates it's best to teach the indirect ones first.

7. I became a certified hypnotist because Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) always talks about being a certified hypnotist, so when I saw a free course on the internet I took it. And yes, I've hypnotized people - including myself - in real life.

8. When I was 6, I followed the Iranian hostage crisis day by day in the papers. When I was 7 or 8, I met one of them at a family friend's house.

Now, drawn from the Linguistic Mystic, here are the rules:

These are the rules:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog about their eight things and include these rules in the post.
4. At the end of your post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

The people tagged:
(I would have chosen Aspiring Polyglot, but TLM already did; and I already read The Linguist's book so...)

1. Tower of Confusion
2. The Language Geek
3. John Biesnecker
4. Golden Road to Samarqand
5. Language Explorer
6. The Cunning Linguist

I know it said to tag eight people, but I've gone one beyond The Linguistic Mystic and shall call it good for the moment. I'll leave them comments tomorrow, for certain!


Anonymous Linguistic Mystic said...

Very nicely done. Good to know I'm not the only person with (former) first name issues.

-Linguistic Mystic

7:40 AM  

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