My language linkfests seem to have fallen naturally into a monthly series, more or less. That gives you a full lunar cycle to explore the latest batch, or as many as catch your attention:
The story of English spelling.
How language change sneaks in.
Vous to tu: social codes and formality on Twitter.
♫ “I am the very model of an amateur grammarian.”
When are “Y” and “W” vowels?
Different languages’ onomatopoeic words for sneezing.
Recreating the sounds of extinct species (including our ancestors).
The attachment ambiguity of squinting modifiers.
Saying please in restaurants.
Origins of the phrase touch and go.
En dash vs. hyphen: precision in usage.
Deborah Cameron on crowd-sourced dictionaries.
Plausible origins of common phrases for the very credulous.
Some mysterious uses of the preposition up to.
How did the proof get in the pudding?
Joey Barton, grammarian?
Is rhyming slang Irish?
Smart + casual = smasual.
On pronouncing Shakespeare’s name.
The Northern Cities Vowel Shift: a phonological revolution.
Tim Storm, singer of the lowest note ever.
Opening the door on ajar‘s etymology.
Why William Zinsser’s On Writing Well is still number one.
Dan Castellaneta on the origin of Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!”