A selection of items and bite ’ems of linguistic interest found around the internet in recent weeks. Some are short, some long; all are good, or at any rate interesting. Three are from The Toast, because it’s toast <sniff>.
Nifty is a nifty word.
The birth of a book cover.
The linguistics of Black Lives Matter.
On the use – and overuse – of the dash.
How a modern multilingual army works.
Nicknames and gender in medieval England.
Mom and dad as new internet slang.
A short history of swearing.
Emoji aren’t a language – they’re more like gesture.
Language change and prescriptivism in France.
On the use of racist vocabulary in fiction.
Theresa and other sibilant names.
Some countable grey areas.
Guv as a term of address.
Postal addresses around the world.
Podcast: What does it mean to sound Black?
Capitals out, swearwords in: a journalist’s legacy.
Scots is not just ‘standard English with changed vowels’.
Contrary to reports, the full stop is not dead.
Punctuation peeving and posturing.
The linguistics of band names.
How to style online text.
Playing the [X] card.
Why it’s not ‘just a joke’.
Typography in Blade Runner.
Swearing in Early Modern English.
Real vocabulary, not language myths.
The problem with minims in Gothic script.
The parlance of pilots – an ode to Aviation English.
Language-learning and the decolonisation of the mind.
Two linguists explain the pseudo–Old English in The Wake.
There are no certainties in editing, only judgements.
Why the Cornish language should be supported.
The art of translating foreign fiction.
How not to teach grammar.
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