Items tagged language

Study considers linguistic diversity of California

Previously, scientists and linguists thought that Uto-Aztecan languages spread into California through the spread of maize farming, but a new study questions that idea.

Tags: america, language, history, science

What Does ‘Shiver Me Timbers’ Mean — And Did Pirates Really Say It?

The expression "shiver me timbers" was first recorded in print in 1795, and since then, it's appeared everywhere from Treasure Island to SpongeBob SquarePants. But it's unclear whether this phrase was ever truly part of the pirate vernacular.

Tags: language, history

The Revitalizing Power of Indigenous Typography

Typefaces express sovereignty. Here’s how Musqueam found just the right type for its language.

Tags: computers, language

ChatGPT's odds of getting code questions correct are worse than a coin flip

But its suggestions are so annoyingly plausible

Tags: computers, language, attitudes

From English to Japanese: A word’s journey into another language

Tags: cool, language

Until, Till, 'Til, or 'Till?

Tags: language, history

Enshittification

Tags: internet, language

Unearthing a Long Ignored African Writing System, One Researcher Finds African History, by Africans

BU anthropologist Fallou Ngom discovered Ajami, a modified Arabic script, in a box of his late father’s old papers

Tags: africa, language, history

Trooper, trucker, sailor, fishwife: What we swear like when we swear like a something

Tags: cool, language

The word “condom”

For a long time, the word "condom" was unprintable. Neither the original OED nor The Century Dictionary featured the word. Several venues for discovering the origin of "condom" have been tried. It surfaced in texts at the beginning of the eighteenth century, but we cannot be sure that the word was coined in England.

Tags: language, history, humor

An A-Z of the Languages and Loanwords of the English Lexicon – from Arabic to Zulu!

Tags: cool, language, history

Lakota elders helped a white man preserve their language. Then he tried to sell it back to them.

Tags: america, language, business

Why does Google get internationalization wrong?

I guess it’s “Advanced” to speak something other than English

Tags: big tech, language, representation

The Eternals – Marvel consulted me to help superheroes chit chat in Babylonian

Tags: movies, language

The race to save indigenous languages using automatic speech recognition

Tags: language, representation, tech

Sequoyah and the Almost-Forgotten History of Cherokee Numerals

Tags: america, language, history

Meet the people fighting to keep a language alive online

Tags: internet, language

Abe’s New Word Order

Tags: japan, language, politics

Department of Energy uses 'freedom gas' to refer to natural gas

Tags: energy, language, politics

Mastodon looking for moderators speaking Tamil, Bengali: Founder

Tags: social media, language

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

Tags: language, history

How language shapes the way we play

Tags: games, language

A Brief History of British and Irish Languages

Tags: language, history

A brief history of singular ‘they’

Tags: language, history

The History of the Ampersand

Tags: language, history

The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project

Tags: america, language, science

Designer Creates Arabic Illustrated Words that Show Their Literal Meaning

Tags: language, art

Salt and salary: were Roman soldiers paid in salt?

Tags: language, history

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

Tags: language, science

How My Grandmother’s Cookbook Made Me a Writer

On Cooking, Rosh Hashanah, and Inhabiting a Fictive World

Tags: food, books, language, religion

Words That Once Meant Something Different

Tags: language, history

8 Classic Novels Reduced To Their Punctuation

What can you tell about Moby Dick and other literary masterpieces after you’ve stripped out all the words?

Tags: books, language

Everyone Uses Singular 'They,' Whether They Realize It Or Not

Tags: gender, language

10 Languages With Uniquely Bizarre Quirks

Tags: cool, language

The curious case of the disappearing Polish S

And this is why you never override browser shortcuts. I don't care what you think you're accomplishing. Just don't.

Tags: computers, language, history

Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Establish "English Village"

Tags: japan, language, education

Pope ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

Tags: religion, language

The History Of The English Language In One Chart

Tags: language, history, science

Dialogue in fiction: Part I – How to write authentic dialects and foreign accents

Tags: books, language

"I can't speak English – and it's a sore point for me"

Tags: language, education

The Oxford Comma

Tags: language, humor