Link love: language

First, a caveat or two. Links in the “link love” category will not always be connected, other than sharing adjacent space on this blog. To mark the occasion, though, the first medley has a linguistic theme.

Nor will the links necessarily be new. They’re more likely not to be.

The first link shows how easily a myth can take hold (I believed it when I read the BBC report, probably because I wanted to). Do cows have regional accents?

Did Churchill really say, “This is the sort of arrant nonsense up with which I will not put”?

Both of these are from the ever-excellent Language Log.

The obscure meaning of ETAOIN SHRDLU and its appearances in fiction and elsewhere.

John E. McIntyre’s 25 facts about editing. ‘Fact’ is a bit strong, but that’s Facebook’s fault.

Lucy Kellaway wonders if careful English usage in e-mail and text messages is making a comeback.

Humorous rhymes are no place for literalists.

4 Responses to Link love: language

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Just to leave a short com(pli)ment:
    Intrigued by the ‘lousy’ sentence you left at Bock’s, I dropped by and, already after reading just two posts and ‘checking’ a bit here and a bit there, I am already looking forward to come back.

  2. Stan says:

    Thank you Sean, and welcome to Sentence first! I hope you enjoy your visits.

  3. Sean Jeating says:

    Quite sure I will, Stan; obviously lots to discover.
    Thanks for the kind welcome.
    The peace of the night.

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