The latest in an erratic series. In this set we have punctuation, phonetics, raciolinguistics, gesture, lexicography, and writing advice. Viewing length ranges from 4 minutes to 1 hour 18 minutes.
A brief history of the exclamation mark!
Why some people say ‘aks’ for ‘ask’:
Race-based linguistic discrimination, part 1 (part 2 is here):
Why we gesture:
On dictionaries, defining, and the internet:
Writing beyond the academy:
Thanks for these, Stan. One down, five to go.
I recently heard a Word of Mouth episode with Florence Hazrat, who has a book about the exclamation mark/point:
(Google’s Ngram Viewer tells me that “point” predominates in American English — no wonder I’ve always used it.)
I hadn’t heard about Florence Hazrat’s book. Clearly I haven’t kept up with her punctuation podcast Standing on Points, which I featured in the post ‘Six new language podcasts‘ in 2020. Her blog has a post on the exclamation mark’s different names; see also my old post ‘Bang, pling, boing, shriek, gasper, screamer, Christer! And other exclamation mark aliases‘.
And thank you for reminding me to catch up on Word of Mouth, Michael. It’s been a while since I checked in on it. Will remedy that.
By the way, Michael Rosen is in great form.