Protests Are Threatened Over Airport Screenings (NY Times)

Don’t just touch my junk. Stroke it. Gently at first, then faster, faster, faster.  Yesssss! And, oh, please be of the opposite sex.


The “Greek i” becomes “ye” (El País)

My second cousin who lives in Madrid made me aware that the Real Academia Española (Spanish Royal Academy) is at it again. The letter Y, known in Spanish as “Greek i” (i griega, like the French i gréque) is now to be known as “ye.” Unimaginable to English speakers, an academy presiding over language rules is the norm in Spain and France (last I checked L’Académie still fights the losing battle against English technology terms). It’s fascinating to see a real divide between Mediterranean and Northern European cultures.