A score, and no more, of links on words and language. As always, you’ll find some old, some new, some borrowed, some blue.
Origin of the gender symbols ♀ and ♂.
“The parchment is hairy.” Medieval marginalia.
Rude Irish place names.
Die, dice, and the strange limbo between count nouns.
“I’m afraid I’ve caught poetry.”
Perverse + proverb = perverb.
“Yoghurt retains a health halo”: translating PR jargon.
Is divissive divisive?
On the AP’s “fuddy-duddy prohibition” of spokesperson.
The inaugural World Palindrome Championship.
Handmade Type: an experiment in gesture.
On scolding someone in an Irish accent.
The etymology of summer.
The trouble with automated grammar-checking software.
How baseball gave us jazz.
Dirty Words: slang and the Victorian fixation with dirt (PDF).
Are young women trendsetters in vocal patterns?
Interactive map of the world’s undersea internet cables.
The squabble over Pirahã.