18 Aug 2014

via World Well-Being Project, “shedding light on psychosocial phenomena using language analysis.”
The Penn Language Log peeps are always doing cool shiz.

via World Well-Being Project, “shedding light on psychosocial phenomena using language analysis.”

The Penn Language Log peeps are always doing cool shiz.

17 Aug 2014

Semicolons are well-spoken and stuck in the nineties: snap bracelets, side-ponytails, and the habit of cutting in and drawing attention to themselves, often unnecessarily. Friends with many, enemy to the too-modern colon. A students.

McSweeney’s: List: Grammar Gossip.

I always got in trouble for using too many semicolons in high school (always correctly, but there’s just a low tolerance for them).

5 Aug 2014

Put me in jail anyplace so I won’t have to listen to Robin’s puns anymore, the Joker bemoans in a 1947 issue of Batman.

Superhero Slogans | SuperHero Multiverse

31 Jul 2014

Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones

COME ON.


28 Jul 2014

The bar was walked into by the passive voice.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: List: Seven Bar Jokes Involving Grammar and Punctuation.

9 Jul 2014

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn | Alternet

Guys. GUYS. This is such a good read. Well, infuriating. Because society is the worst. But also illuminating and encouraging in that it’s-not-you-it’s-them kind of way. And the links! It’s rich with wonderful links!


23 Jun 2014

A linguist discusses "Redskins"

Good read if you’ve been following this case.


2 Jun 2014

From: Do I Sound Gay? A Documentary About Finding Your True Voice by David Thorpe — Kickstarter

They reached their funding goal, and I think that’s good. But it was pointed out to me that there seems to be no discussion of gay WOMEN’s voices. I get that they say “gay men” a lot in the description, so they aren’t talking about all gay people I guess, but the title and intro says “sounding gay,” and gay women deal with this too.

I’m not saying everything has to be about everything, but to silence gay women when you’re literally talking about gay voices…it’s almost ironic, except that it’s pretty standard.

2 Jun 2014

A critical theoretic Marxist dialectical analysis of the World Cup song | Sport | The Guardian
Consider the opening stanza:

“Put your flags up in the sky
And then wave ‘em side to side
Show the world where you’re from
Show the world we are one.”

Clearly this functions dialectically to expose the contradictions inherent in the ideological construction of globalised sporting competitions as capable of uniting divided nations at the precise moment when those nations are divisively expressing their national identities in the most reified manner.

19 May 2014

Here's Why Everyone Is Starting Sentences With The Word 'So' - Business Insider

So…JK. But this is a good read.