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silly season

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Seeing how this is the perfect time for this, I thought some linguistic news that doesn’t fit anywhere else might be in order. So I present to you what we in Germany call the “summer hole” (Sommerloch), as defined by Wikipedia – enjoy! In the United Kingdom and in some other places, the silly season is the period  lasting for a few summer months typified by the emergence of frivolous …

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Regular readers of this blog will remember that I had written down some thoughts on discounts earlier this year – and that I was not in favor of them. Now, in a mailing list the other day, a colleague (whom I do not know personally) offered discounts for Ramadan and called it “month of sharing”. The idea of offering a limited discount on the occasion of an important event …

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