Jennifer Ball

The complementary relationship between female and male animal signs suggests that these signs are not arbitrary.

Sumerian symbols for animals depict their genitals

The complementary relationship between female and male animal signs in cuneiform suggests that these signs are not arbitrary. The authors of Archaic Bookkeeping did…

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I can almost speak fluent Chinese

Prototype for a Substructure – Searchable Database of Hanzi

Let’s say… …you wanted to find all incidents of 卯 in every Chinese character, which right now you cannot. You would take a cursor…

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Chinese cat script superimposed over Ancient Egyptian cat script.

“Meow” is just another name for “cat”

Meow. We know this is the sound a cat makes. Five thousand years ago, so did the Ancient Egyptians. They just pronounced it “miw,”…

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Thank you Steven Pinker

 And thank you for writing me words of advice twice and recommending I contact MaryAnne Wolf a few years ago about my theory that…

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Maggie Li’s Speech: When Socrates Meets Confucius

Maggie Li, whose real name is pronounced “Lee Chee” (Li Qi is the pinyin) is a friend and student of mine who came in…

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Eyes come in pairs in many written languages

Eyes come as a pair, even when you’re only talking about one

My Business Card in Chinese and English

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Some of my Soochow Nanotech 2013 students

Nanotech at Suda is the Best – Spring 2013

Chinese Nanotech Students sing

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Sporky with umbrella hat

我的猪”Sporky”的故事

我最好的朋友:撒泼 包珍妮(Jennifer Ball) 著 李琪(Maggie Li) 译 撒泼今天遭遇了玻璃劫。他意识到眼前这个透明的物体已经超出了他的理解范围,也没有办法穿越。对我们来说一扇滑动玻璃门并不复杂,但对于他来说却像是一个恶作剧,阻止他去做自己最擅长的事情:吃。他尝试去推开那扇玻璃门,但几次未果后就放弃了;我一直站在一旁观看,可以看得到他在失败后撅起了嘴巴,假装出不在意的表情。此时他可以看得到玻璃门对面的我,却没有办法用嘴拱我(他第二擅长的事情),因此他觉得受伤了。他一屁股坐下来,等待着,与他往常恳求的姿势一样。我有些于心不忍了,就滑开门,然后快速地闪到一旁,为他迅猛地从地上弹起奔向厨房的动作让路——他知道食物已经在那里恭候他多时了。在他眼里,与晚饭相比,这个对玻璃门的探索过程只不过是个小插曲而已。 由于我还没有做好要孩子的准备,我就买了一只宠物猪;撒泼满足了我的要求——弱小,要人照顾,但是却不需要上大学,或者专门为他腾出家庭谈话的时间。我思忖着,如果宠物猪计划失败的话,至少还可以“饱餐一顿”,但对孩子就不适用了。 但后来我发现,养猪场的场主对我隐瞒了许多关于袖珍猪的“习性”,比如他拱东西的习惯。仔细想一想的话,也许大多数人都会记起来,猪确实是会拱地的;但是单单“拱”这个字已经无法完全表现出猪对这种行为的狂热程度了。和我一样的“养猪新手”会理所当然地认为只有法国的“松露猪”才会那样去翻开泥土寻找松露。事实上,在买猪之前我甚至做了很多“功课”(老公强迫我的)——我坐在摊开的百科全书前,记录下猪最喜爱的食物(偏爱的烹调方法),最舒服的抓痒的地方等等,但却没有一处提及他们拱东西的习惯。现在看来,鉴于我们厨房中的地皮裸露大半的情况,这一条习性非常有必要被记录下来。 后来我们也收到了养猪场寄来的一些“养猪指南”,但其中也没有一条是关于猪会宣称自己的“领地”这一点的。或许是因为比起乔治亚,“领地”这个词在圣地亚哥已经不需要再专门说明了吧。直到后来,有一位朋友向我谈起她与家人在周末度假时差点收到一张罚单的经历时,我才意识到这个词的含义。我知道她们是在沙漠里过的周末——我觉得沙漠又遥远又荒凉,不太会吸引有钱有势的人前往,于是我就问她发生了什么。 “噢,事情是这样的,有一群警察乘着直升机飞过,但我的爸爸却告诉他们,他们侵入了私人领空,最好现在离开。” 我的词典里面没有“私人领空”这个概念,因为我要腾出空间给“电动工具”,“粪便肥料”和“高能猪粮”(撒泼的推荐口粮)等词语。我觉得这些词语才能够立刻抓住人们的注意力,喜剧演员们也喜欢使用这些词——我曾与一个喜剧演员约过会,所以我知道这一点。 我这位朋友的父亲是一家微芯片公司的创始人之一,非常富有。在我看来,这样的人在说出“私人领空”这样的词语时从来都是理直气壮的。 “那你最终被开罚单了吗?”我问道,其实并不是想催她。 “他们准备因为我们骑了四驱摩托而给我们一张罚单。” 我立刻想到三轮车是已经被取缔了的,但是四驱摩托应该是形似三轮车的机动车辆,并且理论上来说,四个轮子也可以使它行驶起来更稳定些。 “骑四驱摩托也要被开罚单吗?” 她用充满厌恶的口吻回答:“我们当时正骑着摩托经过一个国家公园,所以他们很生气。” “这是违法的吗?”我随口问道。 “他们最近刚将其定为违法。” “为什么要这样做呢?” “噢,因为他们认为这种行为会侵蚀土地。” “真的会吗?”…

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Soochow Nanotech Students 2013

A video I made for my Soochow University Nanotech English Spring 2013 students:

My wonderful students  

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I aspire to Esperanto, especially if breasts are mamoj…

Breasts are “mamoj” in Esperanto as in “mammaries”? Milk is “lakto” in Esperanto as in “lactose”? Tits are “paroj” in Esperanto as in “pair”?…

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George Lakoff

To the Berkeley Professor of Linguistics:

August 6, 2012 Dear Dr. Lakoff: I would like to get a Ph.D. under you studying metaphors in Chinese characters and their correspondent meanings…

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Dismembered Coyolxauhqui aztec goddess of the moon

Sex and War are inextricably linked

Quotes from Sex and War How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Pathto a Safer World by Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden,…

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Biking in China: 在中国, 我骑自行车

Men and Girls 男和妞: Pictures From China

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Milk is Too Sexy for My Mouth

Why is “milking” an issue a pejorative? Because men only know this word in the context of masturbation. – Jennifer Ball Why is it…

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Mother Crab-eating macaque feeding her baby on concrete fence in the park

Why is “Milking” a Bad Word???

Why is “milking”an issue a pejorative? Because men only know this word in the context of masturbation. – Jennifer Ball

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Worm in flower cave

CAVes and VAGinas are the same concept in Chinese

Mandarin II Berkeley Extension – Class 2 – Feb. 6, 2012 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Homework: Workbook, pages 52-53. Make a copy…

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Female body parts are at the root of written language

“Slave Girl” in Chinese and “female” in Sumerian are oddly alike

丫= “slave girl” in Chinese    = “woman” in Sumerian This similarity should make you think about the alphabet’s letter Y. It starts words…

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Graffiti in 798 Art District, Beijing

Mandarin II to you too

Putonghua Uncensored Class 1

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Figurehead or bow maiden uplift (or bear) breasts to tame the sea

Figureheads Bare Breasts to Tame the Sea

Search Terms for Origin of Alphabet

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Why does “uncle” in Hebrew look like “TIT”?

Why does דוד mean “uncle, beloved” in Hebrew? Is this an amazing coincidence to TIT or are humans simple? I’m going with simple. The…

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The bow and arrow provides the source material for many a metaphor

Interesting Chinese Characters #6: To Shoot; To Spurt

㢩 to shoot; to spurt, (same as 的) target for archery di4 ( Cantonese: dik1 dim3 tiu4) 的 = of, “de” in Chinese and…

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Interesting Chinese Characters #4 and #5: Cunning involves holding something in one’s mouth

刁 tricky, sly, crafty, cunning diao1 (diu1) 叼 holding in mouth diao1 (diu1) http://ctext.org/dictionary In order to be cunning, what do you suppose one…

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tiger

Interesting Chinese Character #3: Ghost of One Devoured by Tiger

倀/伥 Ghost of one devoured by tiger; groping; rash; reckless Pinyin: chang1 Cantonese: coeng1, zaang1 http://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en&char= 伥 http://www.mandarintools.com/

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Harem

Interesting Chinese Characters #2: “Profundity”: you know this has to mean “sex”—in the form of a harem

㽎 The profundity of the harem, the mysterious and profound of the forbidden palace, the flourishing and exuberant of the flame. Pinyin: dǎn tán.…

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Sexy Cow

Tarte de la vaca

Ms Lin’s corrections: The equivalent symbol for $ (US dollars) to yuan 元 is ¥  yuan 元 is the same as ¥ ¥ Renminbi…

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Statue in Shanghai

Who’s up for Mandarin II?

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension Class 12 Nov. 29, 2011 425 Market StreetSan Francisco, CAProfessor: Virginia Mau Mandarin II is now available for enrollment. I…

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Millet

Grain has symbolic meaning in China

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension Class – 11 – Nov. 22, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau Homework: Menu Include:Name of…

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The word for “Eat” looks a lot like a head

Mandarin I – Berkeley Extension – Class 10 Nov. 15, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau 餐厅 can1 ting1 =…

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The sound “be” means “vagina” in Chinese. To be or not to be: up to the vagina

Mandarin Uncensored In which we discover that the worst word in English is the same part of the female body as the worst word…

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Japanese T-shirt

Why is “woman”女 in the character for “Japanese”倭? Is this an insult?

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension Class 8 Nov. 1, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau Homework for next class 11/8: Lesson…

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Now we know why they have to be funny…

Clowns have breasts but no milk by Jennifer Ball 笨 笑 哭 Meaning: foolish laugh cry Characteristics crinkly eyes, funny face crinkly eyes, open…

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mythical animal eats mother in Chinese

Interesting Chinese Characters #1: Mythical Animal that Eats Its Mother

獍 A mythical animal that eats its mother when it is born; Manchurian tiger. Pinyin: jing4. Cantonese: ging3. Very few animals eat their mothers; occasionally some insects and…

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Puyi had a wet nurse (not shown) until age 14

Puyi had a wet nurse (not shown) until age 14

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension Class 7 Oct. 18, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau Test 11/1 (next class): Comprehensive –…

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Mothers are flowers, aren’t they?

“Mother,” “son,” and “flower”: all have breast imagery in the Maya hieroglyphs Son   Mother Flower

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You say “gege,” I say “gugu”; you’re Chinese, I’m Akkadian, and we’re both talking about virgins

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension – Class 6 – Oct. 11, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau “Ge ge” (guh-guh) means…

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Rice congee looks a lot like semen

The roots of “Please 请” are kind of messy

请 Please qing3 = please   The right-hand phonetic 青 is also in the word for“semen”: 精 jing1. This makes sense: the bottom is the moon stand-in…

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"Cuckold" is "tortoise" in Chinese.

Wang ba is a cuckold which is a tortoise

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension – Class 5 – Oct. 4, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau Notes taken and commentary…

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Bubble tea

Bubble Tea – Boba Nai Cha – and the biggest-breasted woman in China

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension – Class 4 – Sept. 27, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau Notes taken and commentary…

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Grand Tetons

太太, tt, TT, דד all mean “boobs” in Chinese/English/Hebrew

太太 = Mrs. tàitài tai4 tai4 Think about a “Mrs.” at a time of no birth control. These two “tais” represent breasts. “Tài tài”…

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Leopard hunting at night with yellow eyes

It takes sharp eyes 色 to see at night 晚

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension – Class 2 – Sept. 13, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau (pronounced “Mew”) Email: vmmauhk@yahoo.com…

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Mandarin Uncensored – Class 1

Mandarin I Berkeley Extension – Class 1 Sept. 6, 2011 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau (pronounced “Mew”) Email: vmmauhk@yahoo.com Notes…

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Sumerian Titillation

Early Porn musician goddess prostitute, fox rotated 90° cw Sumerian cuneiform 2600–2500 BC   Cuneiform depiction and definition are from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary …

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Sumerian sign for "seed."

“Seed” in Sumerian

Based on this character for “seed,” do you think the Sumerians understood sex? Note that the Akkadian word for “seed” is “zeru,” which is…

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“Lady Gaga” meant “wet nurse” in Sumerian

Lady Gaga vs. Emegagu Emegagu is the Sumerian word for “wet nurse.” It translates as “female with milk,” but it sounds like the name…

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Could “Diddly squat” have come from the Babylonians?

Could “diddly squat” have come from the Babylonians?   Didi meant “small” in cuneiform. When things are small, you might have several, like children or wives. When…

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Breasts Depicted in Sumerian Cuneiform: a database

Breasts are depicted in a variety of ways in cuneiform. This is a database of every example of breasts in cuneiform. The first example…

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Who knew Sumerians were just like electricians?

Sumerian signs for sheep and goats with male to female correspondence. Signs taken from Archaic Bookkeeping by Hans J. Nissen, Peter Damerow, Robert K.Englund, and…

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Women and children are itty-bitty and often confused for idiots

Roots of the Word “Idiot”

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Talk Dirty to Me in Sumerian

  Talk Dirty to Me in Sumerian by Jennifer Ball

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Seal Script addendum to “Meow”

Addendum to “‘Meow’ is just another name for ‘Cat’” Seal Script underpinnings by Jennifer Ball © January 28, 2011   The word “cultivated” is…

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Words Beginning with “CH”

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