I suddenly notice I’ve done 50 of these. To mark the occasion, here’s a bumper set of 25 luscious language-related links. Happy browsing.
Firn, crud, sastruga: a flurry of words for snow.
Keep on the grass: a library lawn.
Punning: more than a mere linguistic fillip.
Fisher Price synaesthesia.
Why borking caught on as an eponym.
A report on the American Dialect Society’s words of the year.
(And on that subject, see Keanu Reeves.)
Words of the year in other languages.
The problems with Orwell’s Politics and the English Language.
The language of lullabies.
In praise of books.
Suppletion, or, How come the past of go is went?
What’s a Z really worth? Re-evaluating Scrabble scores.
Shooting dead people in ambiguous headlines.
Adjective, participle, or gerund?
Problems with parallelism.
Silenc: visualising text without its silent letters.
Language diversity and death in New York.
Copy editors killed in style war violence.
The rebirth of Australia’s indigenous Kaurna language.
Typographic myth-busting: What’s a ligature, anyway?
On linguistic chauvinism and integration.
Teach yourself morphology.
The evolution of British Sign Language (a short, personal documentary).