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Mariah Carey Denies Being Queen of Christmas: ‘That Is Not My Appellation’

Please do not disrespect Mariah Carey for ten months out of the year, then suddenly stan when the weather outside is frightful and Christmas nears. Carey is not the “Queen” “of” “Christmas,” the diva has decreed, and she doesn’t appreciate your labels. “I don’t know who ‘they’ are,” she said ... More »

English Usage Myths.

Since we’re on the topic of myths, here’s Stan Carey’s delightful A to Z of English usage myths: English usage lore is full of myths and hobgoblins. […] Huge effort is wasted on such trivialities. So, as a quick exercise in myth-busting (and amusing myself), I posted an A to Z of English usage myths […]

Mariah Carey's Lambs Are Uniting With Taylor Swift's Swifties To Stop Despacito From Breaking Hot 100 Record!

Taylor Swift to the rescue!! It appears as though Mariah Carey's stans are rallying behind Miz Swift as she prepares to drop the first single from Reputation on Thursday evening. Why?? Well, because, MiMi's chart topper One Sweet Day is at risk of being dethroned as the longest-running No.1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Related: [...]

Constant Motion.

Stan Carey has a fine Macmillan column on the fact that language constantly changes and there’s nothing we can do about it, so we might as well accept it: Understandably, this unsettles people. We may refuse to accept a new usage, especially if the change happens in our lifetime: Why can’t words stay as they […]

The Wor(l)d of Ulysses.

Stan Carey at Sentence first has a great post about the mess that is the text of Joyce’s Ulysses: The length and complexity of Ulysses, and the difficulties of its publication, mean that many subtly different versions of the text exist. The first legal edition in the US, which became its standard edition for decades, […]

Headine abuse of the month

From this tweet: @thetimes : This headline could have been put rather better: — James Turner QC (@JamesTurner37) March 1, 2017 Stan Carey, who sent it in, commented It could be a typo, but my guess is that it's a distant compound, as Arnold Zwicky calls them, like "canoe wife" and "shark widow". For […]

12 Words Peculiar to Irish English.

Stan Carey posts about words or usages “characteristic of Irish English (aka Hiberno-English), whether integral to its grammar or produced on occasions of unalloyed Irishness.” A couple of samples: 1. Plámás is an Irish word borrowed into Irish English meaning ‘empty flattery or wheedling’. It’s sometimes used witheringly in reference to political speech, for some […]

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

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

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


From Stan Carey: Unselfishlessly 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 […]


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 […]

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