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Carla Nappi


Carla Nappi is Mellon Chair in History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the history of bodies and their translations and transformations in the early modern world, largely based in work with Chinese and Manchu texts. She works in short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and podcasting, and you can find more about her work at carlanappi.com.

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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