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How cool does it get? DARE is now holding an essay contest -- just 500 little words -- on this question:how would you use DARE to enrich and improve your writing?Deadline is April 30 and the winner gets a 3-year subscription to the digital edition of DARE. Full details here.Ready, set, go!
On a hotel bill Joe got on his recent trip to England: Non-Vatable - awesome!
Well, at the Dublin airport at least. I changed planes there on the way to England (and then Scotland), and bought a quick cup of coffee at this place: Anybody know offhand whether Irish English has this usage generally?
As I feared, I didn't make it to the Word of the Year at the American Dialect Society yesterday. Here's the ADS press release. I'll ask around today for insights into the discussions, but am mostly relieved for the moment that twerk and selfie didn't win.
The nominations are out, as most readers of this blog will know. Here's a list. Some people have said it's not a very exciting set, but there's some interesting stuff in there, I think … and some things that seem like they'll stay around for a while.I may actually miss the festivities this year, but there are lots of Wisconsin folks around and maybe somebody will post.
OK, this is a pretty weird piece. It starts with this title + comment:It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English. Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only...Show More Summary
This story started floating here overnight about the Kansas Board of Regents new policy about social media. The link is from the WaPo blog The Monkey Cage and it's worth reading.Here's the key passage (emphasis added):The chief executive...Show More Summary
This blog is literally all about verbing. And we've talked some about nouning. But today's Bizarro takes us to a whole nother lexical category...
In case you missed the biggest language or communication news of the week, here it is: Scientists Believe Hockey Players May Communicate By Banging Sticks Against Boards At least one contributor to this blog plays hockey (and the image...Show More Summary
Was too busy to blog this when I first saw it, but it doesn't seem like it's circulating as widely as I would have expected … Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman has announced he's boycotting Science, Nature and Cell, because they …are...Show More Summary
The subject says it all. Check here.
Another example of using 'linguistics' in a particular negative context, with a whiff of something ominous about 'linguistics'. Charles Krauthammer accuses Obama of that here: Look, it's another linguistics sleight of hand here. The backend sounds like some, you know, obscure, curlicue in the process. Show More Summary
In Berlin right now, en route to Leipzig for a conference and I did what you do in Berlin early on Sunday morning when your hotel room isn't ready yet... headed to a bakery for a cup of coffee and a pastry. I'm sitting and sipping and look up and lo and be-freakin-hold, what do I see on the wall, but a giant dialect map of words for 'roll' in German.
This piece, "Academe as a Drug Gang", is getting a lot of play … like being republished on Slate. It was posted on Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik and builds on a blog post by Alexandre Afonso, here. It's a basic line of argument you...Show More Summary
You've probably seen the Atlantic piece about because by now. I actually have been wondering about this for a long time, mostly because I read Wonkette, rightly cited as a place where you can find this construction all over the place. Show More Summary
We've had a recent post about the discovery of new Gothic manuscript material (here), a palimpsest, where earlier (Gothic) writing had been removed and new (Latin) writing done on the same surface, apparently found by Chiara Faraggiana di Sarzana from Bologna University. Show More Summary
Yes, it's still happening. People won't stop talking about how Sarah Palin talks. And as far as I can see, they can't stop getting it wrong. This one isn't exactly wrong about how she talks but …A couple of our contributors apparently watch Chris Matthews on Hardball. Show More Summary
Shout it from the rooftops. Or just do like me and go stand on a street corner waving a Bible and scream it: The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is out!We were fortunate enough to get an advance copy back in the summer, all 360 freakin' pages of it, by Trey Jones, Keith W. Show More Summary
We sometimes watch the Chris Matthews show on MSNBC, just because it's on. I agree with most of his positions, but man, I do not like him. Mr. Annoying Interrupter Guy. But the other night we got a good laugh out of him. He was mentioning...Show More Summary
Well, better than the news, actually. In xkcd. I already intuitively make some of these substitutions, like 'could not be reached for comment' to 'is guilty and everybody knows it' or 'new study' to 'tumblr post'.