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Curse Words as Dialect Maps II.

Last year we discussed Curse Words as Dialect Maps; now Stan Carey at Strong Language has a much wider selection in his post Sweary maps 2: Swear harder. He says he “went searching for swears and euphemisms” and found “some intriguing – and visually very appealing – patterns of rude word use in contemporary discourse”; […]

More sweary maps from Stan Carey

Stan Carey, "Sweary maps 2: Swear harder", Strong Language (A Sweary Blog About Swearing), 3/22/2016: You may remember Jack Grieve’s swear maps of the USA. Now he has a nifty new web app called Word Mapper that lets anyone with an internet connection make use of the raw data behind those maps. Being a mature grown-up, […]

The Two Ways to Say “Celtic”.

Stan Carey has a mental_floss post on the word Celtic that says just about everything that needs to be said on the subject. He explains that “The now-dominant pronunciation ‘Keltic’ is a modern innovation”: We can see the shift by comparing Fowler’s original Dictionary of Modern English Usage with Robert Burchfield’s revised third edition. Here’s […]

Beyonce Gets In Formation With Mariah Carey At An LA Benefit Gala

10 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Bossip

Beyonce And Mariah Carey Snap A Pic Together At Benefit Beyoncé and Mariah Carey snapped a pic, looking like BFFs, and subsequently driving stans of both artists up the wall in the Instagram comment section. The diva duo linked up

Nick Cannon Confirms Whether Or Not He’s Mad Mariah Upgraded To A Billionaire

11 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Bossip

Nick Cannon Congratulates Mariah Carey On Engagement Despite being the one who filed for divorce last year, Nick Cannon had his Instagram mentions flooded with diamonds and ring emojis by Mariah Carey stans who think Nick is crying himself to

Unselfishlessly

From Stan Carey: Unselfishlessly pic.twitter.com/uMrj5QWUsZ via @IsMise_Dixie cc @StanCarey — Ciarán Ferrie (@ccferrie) August 31, 2015 There are surprisingly many instances of unselfishlessly Out There. Presumably these are a sort of blend of unselfishly and selflessly, with (un)selfishness cheering from the sidelines, and the spirit of misnegation watching over all.  

Cutthroat Compounds.

I just got around to Stan Carey’s post from last month on a fascinating corner of English morphology: Editor and historical linguist Brianne Hughes studies a remarkable subset of exocentric compounds called agentive and instrumental exocentric verb-noun (V-N) compounds. Mercifully, and memorably, she calls them cutthroat compounds, or cutthroats for short. These are rare in […]

Kibitz.

Stan Carey has a post on one of the most successful Yiddish exports to English, kibitz: Kibitz is a handy word that means to watch someone do something (normally a game, often cards) and offer unwelcome advice. It can also simply mean to chat or joke around. The word entered English almost a century ago […]

Why the F Aren’t You Reading This New Blog About Swearing?

If you aren’t reading Strong Language, a new “sweary blog about swearing” from linguists James Harbeck and Stan Carey, you really fucking should. This cheerful temple to the vulgar and profane has only been around for a few weeks,...Show More Summary

Strong Language.

I’m happy to announce the appearance of Strong Language, a new group blog about swearing created by linguist James Harbeck and Stan Carey of Sentence first, one of my favorite language sites. The About page says, “This blog gives a place for professional language geeks to talk about things they can’t talk about in more […]

Teenager found bed

Stan Carey writes "Here's a headline for you!": "Mentally ill teenager held in police cell is found bed", BBC News Devon, 11/29/2014. I puzzled over this for several re-readings, until I looked at the lead paragraph: A teenage girl with mental health problems who was kept in police cells for two days because of a […]

Those X-ing Ys

From Stan Carey: This ambiguity in a tweet from the British prime minister may be of minor interest: I welcome President Obama's pledge to help the Iraqi government tackle this crisis and get aid to those fleeing ISIL terrorists. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 8, 2014 In the unlikely event that the ambiguity is not […]

Because Linguistics

Stan Carey lays out an interpretation of the recent origin of using “because” as a preposition: Neal Whitman agrees with Language Log commenters who think it could be from “Because hey”–type sentences (If life gives you lemons, keep them, because, hey, free lemons), where hey functions “like an adaptor, letting you shift from the ordinary speech […]

LANGUAGE IN MOVIES II.

Almost a decade ago I did a post about language in movies; now I'll use Stan Carey's "Films of linguistic interest" as the springboard for another. Stan mentions the experimental French film Themroc, the Canadian film Pontypool, theShow More Summary

A Few Links

Stan Carey has introduced me to the new blog Caxton. I’ve been browsing through some of the more recent entries, on topics such as reflexives and whether relative that is a relative pronoun, and I’ll be putting it on the blogroll. Various news outlets have been picking up a story about how some linguists have […]

USAGE PEEVE BINGO.

Last year, over at Stan Carey's Sentence first, I jovially commented, in response to one of those "Let?s try to preserve the English language" people, "Congratulations, I think you?ve filled out your Peever?s Bingo card completely!"Show More Summary

MYSTERIES OF VERNACULAR.

Stan Carey writes:Mysteries of Vernacular is a fun and admirable project from Myriapod Productions comprising short animated films about etymology. Each film sketches the history of a word in the form of a story lasting a couple of minutes. There...Show More Summary

FECK!

I've long been aware that the Irish use feck a lot, and I had the vague idea that it was just a Hibernian equivalent of fuck. Not so! Stan Carey explains:Feck is a popular minced oath in Ireland, occupying ground between the ultra-mild expletive flip and the often taboo (but also popular) fuck.... Show More Summary

Perfect Timing

Having been away from the internet much of the summer, I found it a wonderful coincidence that, upon checking in with some of my favorite blogs, Stan Carey's recent Link Love post on Sentence first included a link to an interview with David Crystal. Show More Summary

Commantary

AT the Macmillan Dictionary Blog, Stan Carey has a nice post on commas. For the life of me I've never understood why some people think that their personal comma preference is linguistic law. There are those who think the "Oxford comma"...Show More Summary

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