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    1. How do you pronounce "antifa"?

      With all the news about President Trump declaring "antifa" a domestic terror organisation, I heard a few local newsreaders saying this word on television. And their pronunciation of this word...

      With all the news about President Trump declaring "antifa" a domestic terror organisation, I heard a few local newsreaders saying this word on television. And their pronunciation of this word surprised me.

      I've been mentally pronouncing this word as "AN-ti-fa", with the emphasis on the first syllable and a short vowel sound in the second syllable.

      They pronounced it as "an-TEE-fa", with the emphasis on the second syllable, with a long vowel sound in that syllable.

      My pronunciation is influenced by knowing that "antifa" is short for "anti-fascist". I don't know of any word with the prefix "anti-" where the second syllable is emphasised and the "i" sound is lengthened. Usually, the emphasis in "anti-" words is placed on the first syllable: "AN-ti-bac-TE-ri-al"; "AN-ti-TE-rro-rism"; "AN-ti-gen"; "AN-ti-bo-dy". So, I naturally emphasised the first syllable in "antifa": "AN-ti-fah".

      When I heard the newsreaders saying "an-TEE-fa", it makes the word sound like an imported word/name from Spanish or Portuguese or Italian.

      Is there a common pronunciation for this word? How do you pronounce it?

      18 votes
    2. How 1960s black protests moved elites, public opinion and voting

      @owasow: For 15 years, I've been studying 1960s civil rights protests with particular attention to how nonviolent and violent actions by activists & police influence media, elites, public opinion & voters. I'm thrilled some of that work was published last week. 1/ https://t.co/zzvvPTcgoP

      5 votes
    3. Directory challenge accepted?

      @smores recently helped implement a Nextcloud application for a group of academics that I'm involved with. Now that we have this wonderful resource, we are struggling to come up with an eloquent...

      @smores recently helped implement a Nextcloud application for a group of academics that I'm involved with.

      Now that we have this wonderful resource, we are struggling to come up with an eloquent solution for a folder directory that would be intuitive for a regular user.

      My first thoughts were to start with just a handful of top-tier folders/directories and then sub-folder from there.

      The challenge is that academic Biblical studies crisscrosses multiple subject areas. For example, ancient near east, linguistics, Egyptology, theology, non-canonical literature, sociology, history, etc.

      You may have had this particular challenge with a directory structure on your own computer.

      What are your recommendations?

      9 votes
    4. Rare 200-year-old clay pipe depicting thylacine dubbed the 'holy grail' of Tasmanian archaeology

      Key points: A clay pipe found in a bottle dump in Launceston appears to show one of the earliest recorded European depictions of a Tasmanian tiger It is believed to be at least 190 years old and...

      Key points:

      • A clay pipe found in a bottle dump in Launceston appears to show one of the earliest recorded European depictions of a Tasmanian tiger

      • It is believed to be at least 190 years old and handcrafted out of river clay by a local

      • Adding to the mystery of the pipe is the depiction of a kookaburra, which were were not introduced to Tasmania until 1902

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-08/rare-clay-pipe-depicts-tasmanian-tiger/12215284

      7 votes