It’s a busy week here, too busy to write a texty blog post. So instead, here’s a round-up of recent language-related links for your reading and viewing pleasure:
Which language is the oldest?
The phonetics of tsk, ugh, meh.
How the ghost word dord slipped into the dictionary.
A new lease of life for deather.
Indigenous tweets in minority languages.
Telephone terminology in AmE & BrE.
The rise of “logical punctuation”.
Boswell’s Scottish dictionary: the rediscovered manuscript.
Is figurative lame politically incorrect?
On language nerds and nags.
The Tower of Babel in Buenos Aires.
The case for cursive handwriting.
Pleas for plain language can get you proposed to.
When kinetic means “kill people and break things”.
The language of weddings.
What Jay Rosen thinks he knows about journalism.
Epic list of corrections.
The Big O: ὦ and rhetorical register.
An etymologist looks at habits and customs.
Climate change and language change in the Marshall Islands.