2. “German is a very ‘spank me’ language,” she tells a Melbourne woman struggling pronounce a porcelain manufacturer’s name. “Königliche,” the woman coughs. Standing beside a handwritten chart of tableware terminology, Ms. Ho trills with delight: “You got it! See? You think ‘spank me,’ immediately you got it.” (NYT link). What in the heck was that article about? Cracking cultural codes perhaps?
5. The published meta-study on lead and crime updates the results somewhat, in line with my expectations.