Below is a selection of language-related items I’ve enjoyed over the last few weeks – except for the videos at the end, which I haven’t watched yet. A few of the texts are long, but most are short enough to read in a minute or three.
The rapid semantic change of ROFL.
Amazing baroque alphabet at BibliOdyssey.
Let me try and explain this.
How to assemble a thesaurus.
A textual analysis of lipstick names.
It’s all [Greek, etc.] to me.
The Queen’s English is not the Queen’s English.
Sean Connery’s /s/.
Is the Texas twang fixin’ to die out?
Whereabouts is or are?
Editing and etiquette.
Funner-er comparative adjectives.
The OED and Robert James’s Medicinal Dictionary 1743–45.
“Would have liked to [verb]” or “Would have liked to have [verb]ed”?
On drunk speech.
Ambiguous roadside syntax.
How do you pronounce lychee?
A talk on literary experimentation in different media.
Using undictionaried words.
A/an historic(al) usage trend (PDF).
Why copy editors matter in scholarly prose.
A linguistics booklet on mistakes (PDF).
False fronts in the language wars.
Videos on the evolution of language, from Evolang IX Kyoto.