You might have seen some of these links before — especially if you’re following me on Twitter, where I’ve shared a few of them already — so please overlook any repeats and enjoy whatever’s new.
Different languages’ words for family members.
Keep your crotchets under control.
Ten myths of English usage.
The long tail of language.
How do you pronounce scone, zebra, delirious, nuclear, garage…? (PDF)
Slash: a new English coordinator?
Hou tu pranownse Inglish.
The longest word in Shakespeare.
Microsoft Word’s grammar checker is not your friend.
Recursion and the claims for language infinitude. (PDF)
A world without words (Radiolab podcast).
Aluminum and aluminium.
Edit: Two Three more entries, three four more links:
Ben Zimmer, then Johnson, on ‘man up’.
Great post and discussion at Language Hat about the word gyp.
The Brain Speaks!