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WIPP Exhibit: Message to 12,000 A.D.
This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Nothing valued is here.
This place is a message and part of a system of messages.
Pay attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.
culture  future  language  nuclear 
december 2017 by deusx
Emoji rebus puzzles
Using pictures to represent words dates back to Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese pictographs. But in the 1500s in France, a particular format of picture writing called the rebus was invented. A rebus is a word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words (or parts of words). The rebus became very popular in Europe and elsewhere.
rebus  emoji  mobile  language 
october 2014 by deusx
Clay / Project / Periodic Table of Swearing, Modern Toss / Period Table of Swearing
Clay produced the interactive Periodic Table of Swearing for Modern Toss. It was built in our Hoxton Street studio during our summer holidays. It's constructed from over 100 buttons, CNC'ed and laser cut MDF, direct to media printing, over 100 meters of cabling, over 300 soldered joints and a whole lot of swearing!
wishlist  want  swearing  awesome  to:tumblr  design  interactive  language 
december 2011 by deusx
How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street | The Ticket - Yahoo! News
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Republican Governors Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?
republicans  ows  occupy  language 
december 2011 by deusx
BBC News - Coding - the new Latin
The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills - particularly coding - in schools is gathering force.
language  literacy  latin  tech  education  children 
november 2011 by deusx
Mark Bernstein: Bitter End
"It turns out that the “bitter end” of a rope is the end you secure or bend to the bitts of a ship, while the other end secures the anchor. If you are hoping to anchor in very deep water, you pay out more and more line and hope that the anchor will hit the sea floor. Instead, your line runs out all the way to the bitter end, and then you are up a creek without a paddle. Thanks, W.H. Smyth, The Sailor’s Word Book, 1867."
idioms  language  bitterend  from delicious
june 2010 by deusx
Hypocorism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A hypocorism, or hypochorisma (noun): hypocoristic (adj.) (from Greek ὑποκορίζεσθαι hypokorizesthai, "to use child-talk"[1]) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations as a nickname, term of endearment, or pet name"
nicknames  hypocorism  language  culture  names  from delicious
september 2009 by deusx
Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief: Scientific American
"Dropping the F-bomb or other expletives may not only be an expression of agony, but also a means to alleviate it"
swearing  pain  brain  science  psychology  language  research  health 
july 2009 by deusx
The sentences of Sarah Palin, diagrammed. - By Kitty Burns Florey - Slate Magazine
"I had to give up. This sentence is not for diagramming lightweights. If there's anyone out there who can kick this sucker into line, I'd be delighted to hear from you. To me, it's not English—it's a collection of words strung together to elicit a reaction, floating ands and prepositional phrases ("with that vote of the American people") be damned. It requires not a diagram but a selection of push buttons."
politics  palin  language  writing  funny  grammar  linguistics 
october 2008 by deusx
Gettin’ All Mavericky by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal 13 October 2008
"Nevertheless, Palin’s verbal hodgepodge may say nothing about her qualifications for the vice presidency. Judgment and political acumen could well rest on different mental capacities than the ability to order thoughts into smooth sentences. But the inability to answer a straightforward question about economic policy without becoming tangled in words suggests either ignorance about the subject matter or a difficulty connecting between ideas. Neither explanation is reassuring. "
politics  palin  language  thought  conservatism  hypocrisy  idiots  mccain 
october 2008 by deusx
Phwoar, look at that fit stud muffin, says OED - Telegraph
"Now, the word "phwoar" - meaning an "expression of enthusiastic or lubricious approval" - has gained official entry to the English language, appearing in the pages of the latest Oxford English Dictionary of Modern Slang."
phwoar  funny  language  english  oed 
september 2008 by deusx
Conversation « Emily Short’s Interactive Fiction
"Conversation is one of the most challenging things to code in interactive fiction, and also one of the most widely discussed."
ifiction  gaming  writing  conversation  language 
may 2008 by deusx
Jon Henley on the fate of the semicolon | World news | The Guardian
"An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon's days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame."
semicolons  language  writing  france  french 
april 2008 by deusx
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
""Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs."
buffalo  grammar  language 
january 2008 by deusx
The Second Book Of Machine Language - Appendix C
""MLX" lets you type in long machine language (ML) listings with almost foolproof results."
c64  atari  assembly  machine  language  commodore  retro  80s  oldschool 
january 2008 by deusx
Linguistic humor
"decafalon the grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you"
via:vielmetti  decafalon  words  language  funny  linguistics 
october 2007 by deusx
Language Computeer - duality
"it's the word I coined (after James Doohan, Scotty on Star Trek)! (aka "techno-babble", but I like the obscurity of "doohanian")."
doohanian  startrek  jargon  language  funny 
september 2007 by deusx
The Fishbowl: Understanding Engineers: Feasibility
"here's a quick lexicon of what computer programmers generally mean when they're talking about how hard some problem is, starting with the most extreme"
programming  programmers  language 
july 2007 by deusx
bethemedia: Saussure, Predictive Text, Cycling Awake and the word 'Book'
"With T9, things are now happening that are completely new to language - we are now beginning to associate some words with other words that have no logical ideological connection between them, and, one step further, we are now substituting words with
language  t9  mobile  communication 
january 2007 by deusx
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
""Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs."
language  english  odd 
october 2006 by deusx
Our 69,105th post _...
My son just turned two, but about six months ago, I told him “Sam, go into your room and get a book and bring it out here,” and he did it, and I thought at the time, “Wow, he’s as smart as an Infocom game.”
children  infocom  funny  parsers  language 
october 2006 by deusx
The "Verbs Bad" Manifesto
verbs  writing  language  english  funny 
august 2006 by deusx
List of fictional expletives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"This list of fictional expletives contains expletives invented by writers of fictionoften science fiction or fantasyto add nuance to the fictional cultures in their work, and sometimes as a form of censorship"
swearing  language  scifi  wikipedia  writing 
june 2006 by deusx
The Amazing Stemmer
"This program stems every tag in your collection in an effort to find duplicate concepts."
delicious  stemming  language  tagging  folksonomy 
february 2006 by deusx of the Day Archive/deus ex machina
"Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty."
language  vocabulary  words 
february 2006 by deusx
Word Spy - pareidolia
"The erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random."
vocabulary  language  nifty 
january 2006 by deusx
Made-up words in The Simpsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Simpsons has coined some new words, phrases, portmanteaux, and abbreviations, popularized some existing words and phrases, and also used some existing words and phrases in new ways. "
simpsons  funny  language 
october 2005 by deusx
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously is a sentence composed by Noam Chomsky in 1957 as an example of a sentence whose grammar is correct but whose meaning is nonsensical. "
language  chomsky  accelerando 
june 2005 by deusx
Language Log: No word for sex
'Whenever you hear someone starting to say something that begins with "The X have no word for Y", or "The X have N different words for Y", never listen to them, and always check your wallet to make sure it's still there.'
language  funny 
march 2005 by deusx
Language Log: This isn't rocket science
"Our government has lied to us again, and this time it was rocket science."
language  politics 
october 2004 by deusx
For want of a word
"Imagine how different politics would be if debates were conducted in Tariana, an Amazonian language in which it is a grammatical error to report something without saying how you found it out - as Alexandra Aikhenvald tells us its speakers tell her."
language  linguistics 
january 2004 by deusx

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