Link love is back! I took a break from this regular feature a year ago, for reasons, but never intended that break to be permanent. So here’s a selection of language-related articles and other material that caught my eye over the last while. It’s a bumper crop.
10 words that are badly broken.
How do you rhyme in a sign language?
What to say to peevers.
Podcast on accent diversity and prejudice (22 min.).
How do our brains treat metaphors and idioms?
Sending text messages in calligraphy.
When nouns verb oddly.
The defensive/impatient use of Look.
What were medieval scriptoria really like?
Timeline of 870 madness-related slang terms.
De-extinction: when words come back from the dead.
Who can save Ayapaneco?
The fevered art of book blurbing.
Google’s global ‘font family‘.
On loanwords and the Dictionary of Untranslatables.
The strange hidden logic (not hidden strange logic) of adjective order.
For a president today, talkin’ down is speaking American.
Unpacking America and Americans.
The origins of bum’s rush.
The problem of socialised male speech dominance.
Graphing the frequency of English letters and their position in words.
A good podcast on linguistic relativity.
On the birth of italics.
Crowdsourcing linguistic explanations.
Stand-up comedy in a second language.
Samuel Beckett and the voices in our minds.
Comparing the language of climate change in Germany and the US.
10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break.
The bodacious language of Bill & Ted.
Microaggressions in metacommunication.
Lovecraft and the art of describing the indescribable.
Why a painting in the White House has a deliberate spelling error.
How slang wilding was used to uphold a narrative of race and crime.
:) vs. :-) – Stylistic variation in Twitter emoticons (PDF).
Learning the language of love, 1777.
Interesting interview with Games of Thrones’ resident conlanger.
Also, GoT is more linguistically sophisticated than you might think.
Against editors? Make that For writers.
What goes in a dictionary when the dictionary is online?
A list of words coined (or notably used) by Edgar Allan Poe.
Recreating silent-film typography.
How to market a dictionary, 1970s-style.
That will do for now. If you’ve the appetite and time for more, you can browse the language links archive, or visit some blogs and sites linked in the sidebar – they’re all good. You can also follow me on Twitter – on the days I’m there I usually post a few links, among other things.
One last thing, lest it get lost in a list of ling-lust: the Speculative Grammarian book, which I reviewed positively last year as a feast of satirical linguistics, is now available as a PDF for $5.95 – or $4.95 for Sentence first readers.