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When I first wrote about the African origins of common English words on September 8, 2010, I promised that I would expand the list and update my conclusions when I had the chance to read the five books that have been written on the subject, which I hadn't read at the time I wrote the article.
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Rainbow flag glorious, / Synecdoche victorious:
Save it for display / On Pride Day
http://wordpixelsblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/portmanteau-on-go.html
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Learn about publishing in Africa, and the need for change.
Nollywood may be, for Wole Soyinka, an “unprepossessing monstrosity” or a sordid “thrill of the grotesque,” but for Binyavanga Wainaina it represents a powerful revolutionary impulse much needed in...
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"And all should cry, Beware! beware! his flashing eyes, his floating hair!"  Nick Bostrom on optimization processes and  goals:

http://www.ted.com/talks/nick_bostrom_what_happens_when_our_computers_get_smarter_than_we_are?language=en
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines hel...
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Binyavanga Wainaina rells you how to write a book abut Africa:
http://granta.com/how-to-write-about-africa/
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REACHING ACROSS THE LANGUAGE BARRIER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ9gBp-RYzM

STROMAE  is the first singer-songwriter in his generation
to successfully reach across the language barrier – actually more like burst through it – and climb the charts in the musically insular U.K. and in the sprawling U.S., where the majority of the people know only one language. Just a few weeks ago he performed in Oakland, CA to a sold-out crowd of over 2,000...many of whom sang along (when they weren't screaming their heads off...)
But what about the cultural barrier? Is that as 'easy' to cross?
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Well I said the majority know only one language. Certainly there are a lot of people who know two, but the second (or first) none probably isn't French. And you're right, STROMAE is the new kid on the block, but I can assure you that his  fans know many of his songs. I was amazed at how many were singing along in French at the Oakland concert. French-speaking people? Who knows? They love this guy.
When, I wonder, is the last time a French-speaking artist performed for large crowds in the US? Maybe Celine Dion? It would be interesting t know.
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PORTMANTEAU  REDUX
This portmanteau’s magic, immortal––Don’t chortle
Like a bicurious cyborg hungry for a Cheeseburg.




Politic prose begets a pose:

Prosody poseurs
Mimicking moderators;
First-time offenders
Parroting mentors;
Orators spouting
Declamatory figures;
Officers routing
Defamatory clotures;
Miscreants making
Fake disclosures.

Everybody knows:
Lovelorn sighers,
Late town-criers,
Wave good-byers,
Seat-of-pants flyers,
Hot bread-bringers,
Cold bell-ringers,
Harpy harbingers,
Sycophantic singers:

Everybody knows
It’s a pose.
Everybody knows
How it goes.
There she blows:
Ship of State,
Running late;
Ship of Fools
Skirting rules;
Everybody knows
What summer will show:
Banner of the Lily,
Emblem of the Rose.

Pay your token
Nothing broken
English spoke
West of Hoboken

Nothing sacred,
Just forsaken:
Patriots’ patois
Easily mistaken
For glossolalia
Manchurian:
Epicureans’
Conversions
During duck and cover
Diversions.
Bodacious banter,
Manic canter.
Arms race:
Say the grace.

Disco nights and
Détente days
Never cease to amaze.
Read that rag?
What’s your bag?
Take down the flag
After the Fourth:
Fold it of course.
Stars and stripes,
Disco nights,
Flapping for real,
Glory’s pinwheel.

Rainbow flag glorious,
Synecdoche victorious:
Save it for display
On Pride Day.
Take it on a trip,
Take it on board ship;
Unfurl it in the wind,
Hoist it, Wave it,
Reel it in,
Then take it down below
&
Wrap with a bow:
Le drapeau

Bantams’ anthems
Roosters’ boosters
Bugle musters
General Custers

Addle-pating
Battle-baiting
Slogan-shouting
Cudgel-clouting

*     *    *

 Cosmic conference:
Stars to reference
Moon’s circumference,
Planets to measure
Sun’s diameter;
Planetary happenstance
To preface by chance
Andromeda’s comeuppance.

Pack, unpack
Your traveling case:
Flag,
Notepad,
Clothes.

Man of Time,
Man of Space
Pack, unpack your
Suitcase:
Stars,
Planets,
Space race

Man of the Universe
Man of Quantum Bits
Pack, unpack
Your valise:
Quarks,
Strange,
Galaxies.

Pack, unpack your valise:
La Verité,
La Valse,
Virtualities.

Man of purpose,
Engagé
Traveling to the city
On a summer’s day:
Speedtrain,
iPad,
Peet’s.

Bringing succor,
Forging trust
Briefcase clutched,
Do what you must;
Man of purpose,
Flesh and bone,
Pack, unpack
Your Gladstone:
Polity,
Policy,
Legacy Anglophone.

Artist mercurial,
On the go,
Landscape manorial,
Country sloe,
Prescient Revolution
Becoming Evolution

Pack, unpack
Your portmanteau
Disclose your cache:

Pack, unpack:
What do we see?
Liberty,
Equality,
Fraternity.


*     *    *

Mrs. Scrabble,
Major Babel,
Let the rabble
Think cliché.
Magnify letters
Comprising words,
Remember speeches
You have heard,
Note the words
Comprising stories,
Know the Classics’
Amber glory,

Recite Shakespeare
Word for word.

You discover words
Wingèd, feathered, plumed,
Rare epideictic birds
By love consumed:

Verbs that strut, compete, prance,
To enhance survival’s dance;
Species of nouns and their adjectival adjuncts:
Small singing leaves of lexicons
Crisp with adverbs and pronouns:
Self-replicating multiplexes:
Multilingual reflexes,
Gene pools reflected
In words elected by the tribes,
Collected, corrected by the scribes.



Pack, unpack
Your portmanteau
Now from the recess indigo
Tell us
By all that’s fun and true,
What’s inside?
Give us a clue!

But Babel began to babble,
And Scrabble shook her head
As pack, unpack they did,
Till finally Scrabble said:

This portmanteau’s magic,
Immortal––
Don’t chortle
Like a bicurious cyborg
Hungry for a Cheeseburg.

Skip breakfast & lunch,
Fill up on brunch.

Avoid mist and drizzle:
Stay in when it mizzles.

Our words too flowing to melt,
Too elastic to weld,
We let their sub-parts join and meld.

Estimate,
Don’t guesstimate,
The vagaries of my
Simulcast state:
Reprobate datacasting
Bombastic podcasting,
Sitcom replete with
Emo + icons and snide + remarks:
(Emoticons and snark).

Pack, unpack
Your bag, your tote,
Pack, unpack
The wag, the rote,
The nag, the joke,
And Allegory’s
Bright-hued garden.
Pack, unpack
The anecdote,
The palinode,
And every syllable
Of jargon.

But when they tell you to unpack
A metaphor like a knapsack,
So ‘Trailing clouds of glory’
Becomes the start of Everyman’s story,
And ‘In the middle of our life’s journey’
Becomes a medieval tele-tourney,
And ‘They flee from me,/ Who sometime did me seek’
Becomes the story of a geek––

Beware! Beware!
For Jabberwocky’s better
Than a dead letter
Unsealed too late
To learn its fate.

So listen to the rhythm of the falling words,
Dream their shimmering meaning;
Catch their drift, lift them from the stream,
But don’t stop dreaming.


And if someone tells you to unpack
A Starry Night,
Expedite your exit––say good-bye:
Pack your bag:
Clothes,
Notepad,
Flag,
Adding a piece of starry sky.

Say good-bye, hurry, go:
Pack up:
Drapeau,
Portmanteau.

And from the living word stream
Take words that colorfast your dream.

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For Alex and Devon
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Songs of  self-improvement: how common are these anyway?
How compatible is music with the to-do list? The reality check?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PivWY9wn5ps
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Songs about reparation: how many are there? What percentage of love songs are about making reparation? Like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3C0GKv0h74
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Planning to write a book about Africa? Here's how:
http://granta.com/how-to-write-about-africa/
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