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Hell is Other Internet People
Left out of McCulloch’s analysis: What is it, exactly, that is connecting us? Is connection for its own sake, without some common aim or purpose, altogether valuable? What makes memes fever-inducing is their lack of rationality, their weirdness, the fact that there is nothing of substance in these tenuous moments of mutual understanding. Are we having fun, or are we in a hell where we’re merely communicating, learning too little too quickly, melting our brains into the abyssal portal?
memes  Social-media  linguistics  relationships  Internet  language 
16 minutes ago by inonaz
Common Voice
Common Voice is Mozilla's initiative to help teach machines how real people speak.
language  speech  audio  project  computer 
58 minutes ago by aihre
Cultural Connectives by Rana Abou Rjeily
Cultural Connectives presents Arabic from a fresh perspective by bridging Arabic and Latin scripts through Mirsaal, a family of typefaces I designed that brings the two scripts into typographic harmony, even in light of their differences.
design  language  fonts  middle-east 
59 minutes ago by aihre
‘Nobody Here but Us Chickens!’ by Louis Jordan (Wikipedia)
A number-one on the Billboard R&B chart from 1946.

Apparently, this phrase originated in the early 1900s as a racist joke about a slave stealing chickens. An excerpt here from ‘Everybody’s Magazine’ from 1908:
A Southerner, hearing a great commotion in his chicken-house one dark night, took his revolver and went to investigate.
“Who’s there?” he sternly demanded, open the door.
No answer.
“Who’s there? Answer, or I’ll shoot!”
A trembling voice from the farthest corner: “’Deed, sah, dey ain’t nobody hyah ’ceptin’ us chickens.”


So, yeah: pretty racist and awful!

In a radio show excerpt that I listened to (https://www.waywordradio.org/us-chickens/), the hosts suggest that by the time it had been turned into a hit song in 1946, it had lost all of that context. I think that’s an awfully convenient assertion for two white people to make a century later.
race  language  history  music 
8 hours ago by matthewmcvickar
Les tics de langage
Fonction phatique de la langue
Phatic expressions
français  analysis  linguist  life  habit  language  learn  interview  fun  young  generation  explained  kid 
17 hours ago by aries1988
Tressie McMillan Cottom on AOC speaking plainly
"If I could legit speak plainly like this I would almost maybe run for elected office. Because this is...intriguing.… "
tressie-mcmillan-cottom  AOC  alexandria-ocasio-cortez  twitter.com  language 
23 hours ago by yolandaenoch
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