gominokouhai + language   27

The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence | Nautilus
The cheese the mouse the cat the dog chased chased ate... fell
language  words  narrative  evolution  programming 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
The American Chopper meme, explained | Vox
Apparently it's all about Socratic dialectics. And rednecks with Hulkamania moustaches throwing chairs at each other. Personally, of course, I favour the Downfall meme as a best fit for my own personal style of philosophical discourse.
philosophy  nerd  meme  socialmedia  millennials  language  #getoffmylawn  culture  internet 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
University of Haifa Researchers Decipher One of the Last Two Remaining Unpublished Qumran Scrolls | אוניברסיטת חיפה
The Dead Sea Scrolls are still yielding secrets---and that's a lot of information they've got out of a handful of scraps. The bit about linguistic obfuscation as a marker of social status is particularly interesting.
words  woo  language  writing  narrative  history 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
The (almost) complete history of 'fake news' | BBC News
"'If someone starts calling a telephone a banana, and has a very big megaphone, doesn't mean that the rest of us should stop calling a telephone a telephone.'" He literally said.
words  language  journalism  churnalism  news  drumpf  futurism  theBenefitsOfAClassicalEducation 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
The 9 Best Parts of a Legal Brief on Behalf of Klingon Speakers | Mental Floss UK
tlhIngan Hol didn't hitherto have a word for "intellectual property", so they created one ("yab bang chu"), thus demonstrating that it's an algorithm, and thus uncopyrightable.
copyfight  language  law  litigiousbastards  coolstuff  startrek 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
'Quotations "within quotations": the Russian doll of punctuation' | The Guardian
Of course the thinspace between consecutive quotemarks should be nonbreaking whenever possible, but we can't expect the Graun to get everything right.
grammar  grauniad  writing  language 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
World Wide Words: Mooreeffoc
"the queerness of things that have become trite, when they are seen suddenly from a new angle".
words  language  zeitgeisty 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
We Interviewed the Historian Who Just Found the Oldest Use of the Word 'Fuck' | VICE
More details on Roger Fuckbythenavel, including enough similar names to create a medieval superhero team with a really inadvizable theme.
language  etymology  fuck  history 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own...
writing  words  language 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
Inky Fool: Forcing Back the F Word
"Roger Fuckbythenavel", no, really. One wonders if his story ends the same way as the gentleman in the joke: "but you fuck one goat...."
language  fuck  history 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
Word Buzz Wednesday: ajockalypse | Wordnik
Hey, look, we helped create a neologism! A neologism that is also a portmanteau and will almost certainly be a malamanteau before very long.
language  news  politics  scotland  bloodytories  fuckwits  writing  incrediblyobscurereference 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Campaigners wield marker pens in war against punctuation cull | UK news | theguardian.com
Gangs of feral grammarians roam the embattled streets of Cambridge, marker pens at the ready! Their battlecry: If You Tolerate This, Then Your Commas Will Be Next! Kathy Salaman, director of the Cambridgeshire-based Good Grammar Company, said [...] "If I was walking along with a marker pen in my pocket and I saw a missing apostrophe, it would be difficult to resist the temptation to fill it in." That's "if I /were/", Kathy. Are you quite sure you're qualified?
grauniad  grammar  language  silly  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  incrediblyobscurereference 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Dear Mr Gove: Letter from a curious parent | Education | The Guardian
"Michael Rosen has some questions for the education secretary". I have some much simpler questions for the education bloody secretary.
writing  language  politics  bloodytories 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger | New Republic
Oh Ghod this is getting ridiculous now. Apparently, while I wasn't looking, the full stop has become obsolete except as an indicator of passive-aggression. CONSTANT VIGILANCE
language  grammar  writing  internet 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | The Atlantic
"[...]the `because-noun' form is limited only to the confines of your own imagination. It can be anything you want it to be". DESCRIPTIVIST PROPAGANDA RAAARH
language  grammar  writing  internet 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Grammar talk - the latest chapter | Michael Rosen
Hated him when I was at school, just because we were made to do him. As a grown-up I realise that Michael Rosen is slightly awesome. Here he speaks many truths. (I am still mostly a prescriptivist because I am a giant snob, but not, you know, all the time.)
grammar  language  politics  writing 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Sluts, Slags and Pantaloni | The Inky Fool
A bit late to the party on this one, but what the hell. The Inky Fool utterly demolishes Godfrey Bloom MEP... with etymology.
politics  writing  bloodytories  language  fuckwits 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
According to the dictionary, “literally” now also means “figuratively” | salon.com
When I read about this new official definition of "literally", I literally wanted to murder everyone at Merriam-Webster.
language  grammar 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World
"Torschlusspanik", lit. "gate-closing panic", the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.
august 2012 by gominokouhai
Oxford commas? Let common sense prevail | Comment is free
"Who gives a fuck about the Oxford Comma?", ask Vampire Weekend. Who gives a fuck about Vampire Weekend?, ask people who care about basic standards of human decency.
grammar  oed  language 
may 2012 by gominokouhai

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