February 2024

The kids can't write anymore

Nice rebuke of the titular complaint.

#language #education

December 2023

Scientists Have Reported a Breakthrough In Understanding Whale Language

Researchers have identified new elements of whale vocalizations that they propose are analogous to human speech, including vowels and pitch.

#animals #language #science

November 2023

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.

#america #language #history #science

October 2023

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.

#language #history

August 2023

The Revitalizing Power of Indigenous Typography

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

#computers #language

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

But its suggestions are so annoyingly plausible

#computers #language #attitudes

July 2023

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

#cool #language

February 2023

Until, Till, 'Til, or 'Till?

#language #history

Enshittification

#internet #language

December 2022

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

#africa #language #history

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

#cool #language

September 2022

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.

#language #history #humor

June 2022

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

#cool #language #history

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

#america #language #business

March 2022

Why does Google get internationalization wrong?

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

#big tech #language #representation

November 2021

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

#movies #language

October 2021

The race to save indigenous languages using automatic speech recognition

#language #representation #tech

March 2021

Sequoyah and the Almost-Forgotten History of Cherokee Numerals

#america #language #history

February 2021

Meet the people fighting to keep a language alive online

#internet #language

October 2019

Abe’s New Word Order

#japan #language #politics

May 2019

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

#energy #language #politics

March 2019

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

#language #history

How language shapes the way we play

#games #language

A Brief History of British and Irish Languages

#language #history

September 2018

A brief history of singular ‘they’

#language #history

October 2017

The History of the Ampersand

#language #history

September 2017

The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project

#america #language #science

February 2017

Designer Creates Arabic Illustrated Words that Show Their Literal Meaning

#language #art

January 2017

Salt and salary: were Roman soldiers paid in salt?

#language #history

November 2016

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

#language #science

September 2016

How My Grandmother’s Cookbook Made Me a Writer

On Cooking, Rosh Hashanah, and Inhabiting a Fictive World

#food #books #language #religion

August 2016

Words That Once Meant Something Different

#language #history

January 2016

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?

#books #language

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

#gender #language

March 2015

10 Languages With Uniquely Bizarre Quirks

#cool #language

February 2015

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.

#computers #language #history

December 2014

Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Establish "English Village"

#japan #language #education

October 2014

Pope ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

#religion #language

The History Of The English Language In One Chart

#language #history #science

April 2014

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

#books #language

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

#language #education

September 2012

The Oxford Comma

#language #humor