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Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

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The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English profe…

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Quotes on Language

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One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Compiler Craig Conley says, "In Shakespeare's time, R was called littera canina, 'the dog's letter', because it sounded like a dog's growl.…

Started by Tom Sarbeck

0 Aug 7

Emotionally loaded vowels

We speak as we feel, we feel as we speak Assume one cartoon character is always happy and another usually not. Which character is happy, Ko…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 1
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Decline in writing accuracy.

Is it just me? Lately many of the things I read contain glaring errors. It first hit me while reading Tim Tyler's Memetics. "If memetics ex…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

38 May 4
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Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Before spelling was fixed, people read aloud. I feel thrown back to the Middle Ages when reading a YouTube video transcript. This was a st…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

2 Feb 23
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Changes to word meanings.

I just heard about “The Sharing Economy”: If…

Started by Idaho Spud

4 Feb 7
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Typos and Other Sources of Humor

In my job I occasionally have to respond to call center forms documenting mis-shipments, missing parts, overages, etc. So, often I end up d…

Started by Glenn Sogge

162 Nov 26, 2013
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Will your head literally explode? OED recognizes informal use of "literally"

The Oxford English Dictionary now recognizes the long-used informal sense of "literally" as an intensifier meaning "virtually" or "figurati…

Started by Grinning Cat

6 Aug 24, 2013
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Sex Symbols

From the Grammarphobia blog. Q: In a recent radio appearance, you said the idea that “he” can refer to any human being – man or woman – wa…

Started by A Former Member

0 May 26, 2013

18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style

Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others c…

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7 May 7, 2013
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A Man of Many Words

Another interesting book to add to the list. -- Dallas A Man of Many Words For more than 150 years, writers of all stripes have relied on…

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0 May 7, 2013


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