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Is the internet killing language? LOL, no. - Vox
Linguist Gretchen McCulloch says Twitter banter and text-speak are signs of an evolving language — and that’s good.
Texting, posting, and emailing has become a key part of how we communicate in our lives and relationships, so much so that it’s fundamentally changing language and communication. According to linguist Gretchen McCulloch, the author of Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language and co-host of the podcast Lingthusiasm, it’s making us better writers, speakers, and communicators.
So all our SMHs and Kim Kardashian crying memes aren’t eviscerating the English language? Tell that to the English teachers of the world — and the mansplainers on Tinder.
“Language is humanity’s most spectacular open-source project,” writes McCulloch, who studies and analyzes the patterns of internet language. “Just as we find things on the internet by following links from one place to another, language spreads and disseminates through our conversations and interactions.”
Today’s digital natives are expected to be bilingual in both formal English and informal internet-speak — and know when it’s appropriate to use them (like when you’re emailing your boss versus texting your crush).
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Twitter
And the answer to our challenge is...

WITCHFORD 🧙‍♀️✨

Well done to our app ticket…
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5 hours ago by PhilRodgers
📙 Emojipedia — 😃 Home of Emoji Meanings 💁👌🎍😍
The emoji search engine. A fast emoji search experience with options to browse every emoji by name, category, or platform.
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5 days ago by gil
It’s not wrong that "🤦🏼‍♂️".length == 7
From time to time, someone shows that in JavaScript the .length of a string containing an emoji results in a number greater than 1 (typically 2) and then proceeds to the conclusion that haha JavaScript is so broken—and is rewarded with many likes. In this post, I will try to convince you that ridiculing JavaScript for this is less insightful than it first appears and that Swift’s approach to string length isn’t unambiguously the best one. Python 3’s approach is unambiguously the worst one, though.
emoji  programming  unicode 
7 days ago by daniil

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