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Every 6–12 posts or so I gather a bunch of language-related links, old and new, long and short.* Slang is a recurring theme this time round.
On the language of Michael D. Higgins, Ireland’s new president.
Love among the participles.
Word surprise, or: What the hell kind of word is [X]?
How do you pronounce uilleann pipes?
Blogtailing betapreneurs: new words of forecasting journalism.
Slang is the pleasure principle.
Street slang – the dodgy-looking geezer.
Why do we use whose with inanimate objects?
Try to try out “try and”.
Assertionism: prescriptivism without evidence.
The Irish “strut”.
Punctuation is important.
Words of America: a field guide.
How language could have evolved without language-specific constraints (PDF).
The next few focus on Twitter, but don’t be put off if you don’t use it.
Is Twitter eroding language? (Clue: No.)
Local Twitter slang, and all that jawn.
How pencils are made.