• Etymons

    The Language of Baseball and English Idiom

    Dodger Stadium, August 13, 2011 Credit: Adam_sk Foolish me; I had been planning for some time to welcome the Springtime return of major league baseball with a bit about the ways the language of baseball in the form of baseball idioms has crept into ordinary American English. I’m far too late to the pitch. There’s a wikipedia article already. Even the OED got to first base before me. There are books about the language of baseball; Ryan Gray’s The Language of Baseball: A Complete Dictionary of Slang Terms, Cliches, and Expressions From The Grand Ole Game. And there’s a book (and a website) by Paul Dickson about the signs used…

  • Celtic Art & Archaeology

    Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces

    These 12th century walrus-ivory isle of Lewis chess pieces are currently on exhibit through April 22, 2012 at the Metropolitan’s Cloisters museum in The Game Of Kings. There’s a fairly lengthy but interesting video from the Metropolitan Museum about the Game of Kings exhibit. The Lewis chess pieces were found by a farmer on the Isle of Lewis, the largest of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, in 1831. The Lewis chess pieces seem to have been buried in a sand dune, possibly in a stone cist, near Uig. We don’t even know exactly when they were found, just that it was before 11 April 1831, the date of the first published record.…