I rarely post here twice in one day, but I have some news to share: Strong Language is a new group blog about swearing set up by sesquiotic linguist James Harbeck and me. This is how it started.
As James puts it, the blog:
gives a place for professional language geeks to talk about things they can’t talk about in more polite contexts. It’s a sweary blog about swearing.
At the bottom of the new blog you’ll see some familiar names among the contributors. More will be signing up, and we’re very open to ideas for new material. The associated Twitter account is @stronglang.
Some of you may find the idea unappealing, and will not wish to read further. I won’t hold it against you.
It’s early days, and we’re still figuring out the details, but there are several posts up already on a range of topics, including the phonology of cusswords, whether shit is a contronym, and one from me today on great moments of swearing in the horror film The Thing.
If swearing gives you lalochezia or interests you linguistically, culturally or ineffably, then bookmark, subscribe and follow at will, and spread the word if the notion takes you.
My first Strong Language post is featured on the Paris Review blog:
Great moments in swearing: an utterance in John Carpenter’s The Thing helped define our sense of a treasured obscenity.
Ben Zimmer introduces Strong Language to Language Log readers:
There’s a new linguablog that’s definitely worth your time if you’re not put off by vulgarities. And if you revel in vulgarities, well, you’re in luck. . . . James and Stan have enlisted a great lineup of contributors (I’m happy to be one of them).
Eugene Volokh gives Strong Language his nod of approval at the Washington Post.
Strong Language just got picked up by MetaFilter.
Language Hat is also happy about it.
Dave Wilton spreads the word at Wordorigins.org.
Katy Waldman at Slate‘s Lexicon Valley blog welcomes the “cheerful temple to the vulgar and profane” that is Strong Language.
Jazmine Hughes at The Hairpin praises Strong Language‘s “scholarly, robust, cool-as-shit deep dive into when and why we swear, where our curses come from, and what, exactly, they mean”.
Laura M. Browning selects Strong Language as a staff pick for the A.V. Club:
Although the blog’s authors are serious about language, they don’t take themselves too seriously, so the posts are as hilarious as they are informative. Plus you’ll pick up some language that would make Malcolm Tucker proud.
And here’s a progress report from March 2015: Strong Language 2: Swear harder.