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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, January 29


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Hello, all!

Let’s start a Hoddle full of distractions (if you’re looking for them) to recover from a not so fun game with some of the best Pride kits I’ve seen.

Ramble of the Day

When The New York Times updated its American dialect quiz a few months ago, I came across the realization that there are a lot of extremely fascinating phrases native to certain parts of the United States. I also came across the realization that myself and the other natives of the New York City area have the most boring terms. Just check out the possible responses for what I would call a sunshower:

(Without fail, all of my answers in this quiz were the most boring ones.)

At a certain point, this made me very curious about the many American dialects I clearly have limited familiarity with. This week, WIRED shared the video I was looking for: dialect expert Erik Singer breaking down the many dialects in North America. Singer’s done a number of videos analyzing accents actors have done in films and television, and though I can’t find the evidence, I’m pretty sure I shared how much I enjoyed those in a past Hoddle.

This is only the first part, but it’s worth the watch if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare. It obviously goes into what forms accents, but naturally it also delves into American history and the accents of white Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, and Native Americans.

tl;dr: The dialect expert that does videos for WIRED is back, and I am still a big fan.

Stay informed, read this: Tatiana Siegel on Rebecca Hall and her directorial debut Passing, an adaptation of the book that covers Black identity in 1920s America, premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for The Hollywood Reporter

Links of the Day

Italian police are investigating Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo for breaking COVID-19 protocols by traveling to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday.

Argentina will play in this year’s SheBelieves Cup after Japan withdrew from the tournament because the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka bought an ownership stake in the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage.

Transfer updates: Everton signed Alisha Lehmann on loan from West Ham; West Ham signed Saïd Benrahma on a permanent deal, ending his loan from Brentford; Kansas City signed Chloe Logarzo from Bristol

A longer read: Felix Tamsut on Eintracht Frankfurt supporter Helmut Sonneborg and his story of surviving the Holocaust for DW