26 December 2005

Post Christmas chi

Two from Language Hat: first, the long history of X-mas (dating back to the 1500s), and second, the difficult pragmatics of the New Testament (wherein a rearranging of commas and quotes presents distinct possibilities for interpretation). Both subjects are coincident with the subject of the Bart Ehrman book that found its way to my wish list. As always, the comments are as important as the article itself.

[ posted by sstrader on 26 December 2005 at 10:30:04 PM in Language & Literature ]