Below is a batch of language-related links (my 40th!) — some short, some long, mostly recent, a few from the archives.
Feel free to skip what’s familiar, ignore what doesn’t appeal, share what you like, or go off on a tangent in the comments.
Tarantula punctuation mark.
Does slang belong in school?
“Get your X on.”
Purposeless eye dialect.
Plagiary and plagiarism.
On the medieval origins of bookmarks.
Does your silent reading voice have an accent?
What countries are the most linguistically diverse?
Etymology-Man on tidal wave and tsunami.
A pronunciation pronouncement.
Is the subjunctive mood disappearing, and does it matter?
Cowslip: cow’s lip or cow slip?
The heartbreak of Random Capitalization Syndrome.
Erin McKean on arm party and other fashion vocabulary.
Inside the mind of a synaesthete.
How Charles Dickens helped shape the lexicon.
Why click consonants sound so different in English and African languages.
Zadie Smith on flexible accents.
Two-item sentence comprehension by a dog.