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Utah Accent

For Pioneer Day, some quick examples of the Utah Accent, also called a Mormon Accent or a Pioneer Accent. It’s a little different from a standard American Midwest Accent. I don’t know why linguists so often ignore it. If you know how to hear it, you’ll find it in Utah, eastern Nevada, southern Idaho, southwestern…

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Crackers

I think probably the first time I heard the term Cracker was in Gone With the Wind. Maybe it’s a Southern word. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it used by a Westerner, at least not un-self-consciously. Many people I’ve asked have no idea what it means even though most have heard it. I read…

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A Better Diaspora

What does it mean — a better diaspora? I started thinking about this a couple of weeks ago when a friend who is Latina mentioned how often people are surprised when they find out she doesn’t speak Spanish. At the time I just laughed. I don’t speak Swedish or any of my other ancestral languages,…

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Name of Jesus

I wonder sometimes. Genealogists are supposed to use the earliest attested name. The rule is often glossed as requiring genealogists to use the “birth name“. We had a debate on Geni.com a while back about the name of Jesus. I still don’t feel comfortable with the result. The Messianic Jews argued stridently in favor of…

Origins of Freemasonry
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Origins of Freemasonry

Like no one has ever written on this topic before. But, as it happens, I’m re-reading Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites, by C. W. Leadbeater (1986, 1998). The Old Perv. So now I’m thinking about a familiar subject. Freemasonry has its colorful origin myths. Those are fun, but the modern sensibility is pretty tame….

Tomten
Culture | Memories

Tomten

Mom asked me today if I remember the tomte’s name. No, I don’t think I knew the tomte has a name. But I’m intrigued by the question. Back up for a bit. We have a tomte (“house elf”). Of course we do. Our ancestors came from Sweden. Honestly, if I didn’t have one I’m not…

Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage
Culture | Ethnicity

Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage

I like this article as one of the clearest introductions to a complex subject I know. Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage (E.N.R.I.C.H.) by Christian E., at Daily Jaunter, March 26, 2012. Here’s a taste: Heritage can overlap on the ethnicity and nationality a bit at times, but it generally refers to the ancestors of a person, and what…

Hyperborean Apollo
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Hyperborean Apollo

Yesterday I wrote a bit about Doggerland, and that led to mentioning Hyperborean Apollo, and that led to a bit more research because Apollo is one of my enduring interests. I have a bit about Hyperborean Apollo at Greco-Roman Lore. primarily taken from Robert Graves, Greek Myths § 161.4. I think it might be worth…