Corona-speak in any language

by Rashmee

Posted on March 5, 2021


/ LANGUAGE If you’re in Germany, there are clear choices even in a pandemic. There’s the alltagsmaske (everyday mask). The schnutenpulli (literally, snout sweater a warmer mask for cold weather). The gesicht­s­kondom (literally face condom, for a trendier mask). Then there’s mindestabstandsregelung (minimum-distance regulation) or the more exact anderthalbmeter­gesellschaft (one-and-a-half-meter society) to describe social distancing … Continue reading “Corona-speak in any language”

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Like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2019


  So, like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre near Jerusalem’s western gate. Unlike Twain, we first stopped at The Garden Tomb, which is on Nablus Road, and no more than 15 minutes of uninterrupted walking time away from the Holy Sepulchre. There’s a reason Twain didn’t go to The … Continue reading “Like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre”

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Mark Twain’s drollery about the German language: Verboten today?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2014


Reading a hilarious piece on Mark Twain’s droll horror at the German language, as expressed in his memorable essay The Awful German Language, I couldn’t help but wonder if a writer would be able to be so rude anymore. Which is to say, would they be allowed to speak at will about something that belongs … Continue reading “Mark Twain’s drollery about the German language: Verboten today?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK