Here’s my pick of language links from the past few weeks. I’m overdue, so this is a bigger batch than usual. Some I’ve already tweeted. Enjoy!
When books were shelved backwards.
Synaesthetic map of London Underground.
Poetry is not a hiding place.
Dictionaries are not gatekeepers.
The evolution of English spelling (audio).
Practical uses for books.
The dame of dictionaries.
Test your ear for foreign languages.
On the lexicon of Irish begrudgery.
Blatant and flagrant converge in meaning.
Good sense on grammar and grading.
Kevin Rudd’s hand gestures.
Is that a mild hybrid or a hybrid hybrid?
See the wood/woods/forest for the trees.
What makes English (or any language) hard to learn?
How to be a reasonable prescriptivist.
A basic emotional lexicon of Yolŋu-matha.
How would you kill the n-word?
Spurious correlations between language and culture.
So you know a linguist…
Celebrity non-English tattoos.
The obscure etymology of askance.
Did Burroughs and Kerouac really fight over the Oxford comma?
Surnames of occupation.
Using full stops (or not) on Twitter.
Benjamin Franklin sanctioned spelling wife as yf.
How do youse spell it?
The Lexicon Valley podcast is now a blog.
Where does warm the cockles of your heart come from?
A field guide to uncommon punctuation.
Language can affect the sensitivity of visual perception.
So we use sentence-initial So as a tool for managing conversation.
The typewriters authors used.
Figurative is my middle name.
Animated history of typography: