June 21, 2007

The 100 Top Celebrities

Forbes magazine has published its list of the 100 top celebrities. Unbelievably, not a single one is a linguist! At least, not as far as I can tell. I haven't the faintest idea who 44 of them are. But I figure that if they were linguists I would probably know.

Unless you spot a linguist on the list, please don't write to inform me about the 44 I don't know. Many years ago, a bunch of grad students were stunned to discover that I didn't know who Michael Jackson was. Having found out who he was, I cannot say that I considered myself to be better off than before. Subsequent developments have only confirmed this view.

Posted by Bill Poser at June 21, 2007 01:23 PM