It’s time – past time – for a roundup of language-related items I enjoyed over the last few weeks. So here they are:
Is malarkey Irish?
The world’s oldest message in a bottle.
“Grammar gotcha” and political speech.
Vices of modern prose (from a century ago).
Briticisms in American English.
When foreign words and native accents meet.
Linguistic advice for pseudo-Elizabethan romancers.
A short history of Wow! from 1513 to now.
Literature vs. traffic (art installation).
Why handwriting matters.
Is funner grammatical?
Dialectal differences in sign languages.
An immodest proposal to reform the English writing system.
Noah Webster’s designs for American orthography.
France ≠ twirling a moustache: how British sign language is changing.
Good debate on language rules, usage, and authority.
Mononymy: when people use just one name.
How the Beatles used and influenced the English language.
Non-singular only is not debatable.
Are some languages faster than others?
Translating Finnegans Wake into Chinese.
Booklet on the recently expired Cromarty fisher dialect of Scots (PDF).
Note: some of these I’ve already shared on Twitter, and some that I’ve tweeted didn’t make the list. Them’s the breaks.