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The Babysitters Club — Real Life
My frustration with these apps only tells me I’m becoming the child they’re informing me I am. That’s the scary part, a dignity so fragile that a cartoon hamster breaks it.
language  apps  ui 
july 2016 by tysone
4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence
“At this time we have reason to believe the killings were gang-related and carried out by adherents of both the AP and Chicago styles, part of a vicious, bloody feud to establish control over the grammar and usage guidelines governing American English,” said FBI spokesman Paul Holstein, showing reporters graffiti tags in which the word “anti-social” had been corrected to read “antisocial.”
grammar  language  theonion  forsnd 
january 2013 by tysone
What I do matters. Yours is bullshit. « Karen McGrane
But there’s a difference between trying to use more precise language to clarify the boundaries between roles, and declaring that someone else’s job is bullshit. The difference is that DTDT can help move the profession forward, even if it sometimes looks like messy bickering. It is inherently harmful to think you can point at a job title, a profession, a whole class of people, and claim that their work isn’t valid.
design  language 
february 2012 by tysone
language  history  profanity 
february 2012 by tysone
Seth's Blog: Tools vs insight
Knowing about a tool is one thing. Having the guts to use it in a way that brings art to the world is another. Perhaps we need to spend less time learning new tools and more time using them.
amen  quotes  language  toteach 
december 2011 by tysone
Loyal Opposition to Const, Private, Freeze, Non-Configurable, Non-Writable...
JavaScript should be about making it easier to write the right thing, and
not so much about making it harder to do the wrong thing. After all, the
former is purely positive, and the latter assumes that you know better than
the engineer who comes after you. In the real world, you often don't.
ashkenas  javascript  programming  language 
november 2011 by tysone
What Typos Mean to Book Publishing - NYTimes.com
Good spellers are often drawn to poetry and wordplay, while bad spellers, for whom language is a conduit and not an end in itself, can excel at representation and reportage.
spelling  nytimes  language  from delicious
july 2011 by tysone
Mr. Bin Laden: Why did the New York Times strip Osama of his honorific? - By Stayton Bonner - Slate Magazine
According to the Huffington Post, "it is exceedingly rare for such a prominent public figure to be denied the honorific" in the newspaper. Is that true? Was Bin Laden purposefully dissed? Sort of.
nytimes  language  nytcriticism  binladen  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
From dozens of articles, a portrait emerges of the 'Times' portrait | Capital New York
"A portrait emerged" is a bit of phrasing that is so distinctly Times-ian that it is used everywhere someone wants to project the gravitas of the Times. It's a style that's sui generis, and that commands authority and means something even when it means nothing at all. It's nothing against the Times at all: it's a testament to the trust that readers and writers place in their editors and their copy-desks that this bit of rhetoric can do so much with so little. There is nothing deceitful or underhanded about the "emerging portrait" story. It's just that when you see "emerging portrait," you are seeing the Times in a moment of self-reflection, or else you are reading a copycat.
nytimes  language  journalism  from delicious
april 2011 by tysone
Disinterested or uninterested? How long we should cling to a word's original meaning. - By Ben Yagoda - Slate Magazine
Suppose a friend said to you, "I know you're disinterested, so I want to ask you a question presently." Then he didn't say anything. Would you be momentarily nonplussed?
language  english  words  from delicious
april 2011 by tysone
Less is Fewer : CJR
Perhaps you can think of it as Garner’s Modern American Usage describes it: “Fewer emphasizes number, and less emphasizes degree or quantity.”<br />
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Yes, it requires you to think, but there are less fruitful ways to waste a day.
grammar  language  from delicious
april 2011 by tysone
Tom Friedman's Volcano Wakeup Call | The New Republic
A very clever friend sends over today's Tom Friedman column edited down to nothing but mixed metaphors and cliches:
nytimes  language  hilarious  from delicious
february 2011 by tysone
The Rosa Parks of Blogs
Everybody is the Rosa Parks of something—or at least the Michael Phelps, Cap'n Crunch, Dick Cheney, Elmer Fudd, or Paris Hilton of whatever. This blog collects examples of the adaptable idiom "X is the Y of Z", which is a snowclone. Feel free to use these descriptions when discussing your beautiful children, longtime companions, sworn enemies, favorite foods, and elected congress-scum.
blogs  hilarious  language  metaphor  from delicious
december 2010 by tysone
Steve Martin: The Art of Interruption - NYTimes.com
But I can’t help wondering what we might have said if we hadn’t been stopped. Maybe we were just around the corner from something thrilling. Isn’t that the nature of a live conversation? It halts, it stutters, it doubles back, it soars. We might have found a small nugget, something off topic or unexpected.
nytimes  conversation  language 
december 2010 by tysone
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is... - Bobulate
"Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule." —Stephen King
quotes  writing  language 
october 2010 by tysone
Jeff Rock - Down the Memory Hole
Like the Ministry of Truth, it appears that Apple is deliberately attempting to usurp the meaning of the word Flash in the computing industry and redefine it. They’re tired of the word standing for an inefficient browser plugin. They’ve begun leaving Flash out of stock Mac OS X installs. They’re dodging its implied meaning in calls and pushing what they want it to refer to. Fast, efficient storage.

Down the memory hole, indeed.
prediction  apple  flash  language 
october 2010 by tysone
News Desk: Cee-Lo, the Times, and “Fuck You” : The New Yorker
Times reporters’ ingenuity in curse avoidance is usually guaranteed to bring almost as big a smile to my morning commute as their contortions in describing a source’s reasons for requesting anonymity.
nytimes  nytcriticism  language  music 
august 2010 by tysone
Stop Seeking Out the Ninjas, Hackers, and Rockstars: How to Write Better Developer Job Descriptions » Enlight Solutions » Dan Pickett's Blog
Think about it from your own perspective for a moment. Can you picture yourself applying for a “CEO Rockstar”, “Recruitment Chef”, or “CTO Samurai” position? So, stop using silly titles. It only distinguishes you as someone who doesn’t regard software development as the art and science that it is.
hiring  management  language  development  programming 
august 2010 by tysone
Save The Hipster! - Forbes.com
"If The New York Times is really not trying hard enough to escape the Citadel of Stodge, Gawker is trying way too hard to be cool."
language  hipster  nytimes  gawker 
august 2010 by tysone
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt'
Incensed by a "no tresspassing" sign, Jeff Deck launched a cross-country trip to right grammatical wrongs. He enlisted a friend, Benjamin D. Herson, and together they got to work erasing errant quotation marks, rectifying misspellings and cutting unnecessary possessive apostrophes.
forsnd  grammar  editing  language  npr 
august 2010 by tysone
YouTube - Kurt Vonnegut - How To Get A Job Like Mine
"Don't use semicolons. They stand for absolutely nothing. They are transvestite hermaphrodites. They are just a way of showing off. To show that you have been to college."
vonnegut  writing  advice  language 
august 2010 by tysone
Fresh Air too fresh for some, 2010
“Most of the comments I’ve received have to do with the salaciousness of Ms. Gross. She talks a lot about sexual issues and the language she uses — a lot of people of Mississippi are not accustomed to hearing. They’re not accustomed to hearing word ‘orgasm’ on the air, and three o’clock in the afternoon is not the best time to air this.” 
npr  language  hilarious 
july 2010 by tysone
What It's Really Like To Be A Copy Editor
I know it’s all a little once-a-copy-editor-always-a-copy-editor, but I can’t help it if I think unnecessary quotes are funny, as if signs are trying to be ironic. Or if I’m turned off by guys who spell it "definately." I don’t sit around and diagram sentences for fun or keep a dog-eared copy of Strunk & White on my nightstand.
forsnd  editing  language 
july 2010 by tysone
3 shell scripts: Kill weasel words, avoid the passive, eliminate duplicates
I've decided to replace myself with a shell script. In particular, I've created shell scripts for catching three problems: the passive voice, weasel words, and lexical illusions.
language  automation 
july 2010 by tysone
Steven Heller: A Fount of Fonts
The computer has put the word “font” into common parlance as a synonym for typeface. But ask most people, even many young graphic designers, where the word comes from, and blank stares abound.
forsnd  fonts  typography  language  history 
july 2010 by tysone
On Language - Iterate - NYTimes.com
In a landmark 1980 paper, the computer scientists Bill Buxton and Richard Sniderman summed up the iterative approach to design as “Keep trying until you get it right,” acknowledging that the key question was “How do you know when you have got it ‘right’?” The schemers behind Facebook may be rolling out iterations like crazy, but only time will tell if they’re iterating their way into oblivion.
iteration  agile  strategy  language 
june 2010 by tysone
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
the McFly effect
n. the phenomenon of observing your parents interact with people they grew up with, which reboots their personalities into youth mode, reverting to a time before the last save point, when they were still dreamers and rascals cooling their heels in the wilderness, waiting terrified and eager to meet you for the first time.
language  emotion  culture 
june 2010 by tysone
The Media Equation - Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Headline - NYTimes.com
Headlines have become, as Gabriel Snyder, the recently appointed executive editor of Newsweek.com, “naked little creatures that have to go out into the world to stand and fight on their own.”
seo  journalism  language 
may 2010 by tysone
News, Not Chatter - Times Topics Blog - NYTimes.com
Here’s the latest of my increasingly desperate pleas to stem the flood of colloquialisms in news stories. Stodginess is not the goal. But we take the news seriously, and our news report should sound serious — not like teenage slang, TV happy-talk or Twitter chatter.
language  nytimes 
may 2010 by tysone
On the Twitter Patrol - NYTimes.com
A small but vocal subculture has emerged on Twitter of grammar and taste vigilantes who spend their time policing other people’s tweets — celebrities and nobodies alike. ... Enforcing etiquette on Twitter is basically begging to be called an idiot, but those who do it don’t seem to mind.
twitter  language  nytimes 
april 2010 by tysone
Programmer-Journalist? Hacker-Journalist? Our Identity Crisis
"Labels matter. And as this niche of journalism grows more mainstream, labels will matter that much more. So, who are we?"
nytimes  journalism  language  forsnd  pilhofer 
april 2010 by tysone
The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary. - - Slate Magazine
Below you'll find the complete list of words that David Foster Wallace circled in his American Heritage Dictionary.
language  davidfosterwallace 
april 2010 by tysone
The Rising Stars of Gossip Blogs - NYTimes.com
An earlier version of this article contained its own Memorable Gaffe in discussing Maureen O'Connor's error on the term chyron. In noting that Ms. O'Connor misspelled chyron, the article said "mispelled." What's the old saying? People who (literally) live in glass houses . . .
nytimes  corrections  language 
april 2010 by tysone
In Which I Try To Use All Of WGN's Newly Banned Words In One Sentence - Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! Blog : NPR
Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels has banned 119 "newsspeak" words and phrases from ever crossing the lips of anchors and reporters at WGN-AM. There's a list here, but if you'd like them in a sentence, how about this:
tribune  language  journalism 
march 2010 by tysone
Stop saying ‘innovation’
Scott Berkun writes, "Einstein, Ford, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Edison rarely said the word and neither should you. Every crowd I’ve said this to laughed and agreed. The I-word is killing us."
innovation  process  advice  language  forsnd 
march 2010 by tysone
dack.com > web > web economy bullshit generator
1. Click the make bullshit button.
2. Watch bullshit appear in the box.
language  hilarious  newmedia  bullshit 
february 2010 by tysone
On Language - Against Camel Case - NYTimes.com
It doesn’t have to be this way. Put some distance between you and your Master Card; don’t let your Iphone make the rules. You don’t have to buy their language. It already belongs to you.
language  nytimes 
november 2009 by tysone
Interrobang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The interrobang or interabang, ‽, is a nonstandard English-language punctuation mark intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also called the interrogative point) and the exclamation mark or exclamation point (known in printers' jargon as the bang). The ligature is a superimposition of those two marks.
awesome  punctuation  typography  language 
october 2009 by tysone
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: The Brocycolopedia.
The earliest known recording of an exchange between two bros was during the 1804 expedition of the Northwest Territory by explorers Lewis and Clark. The exchange took place when Clark reportedly asked Lewis to, "Be a bro, and fill up [his] Nalgene" with water from the newly discovered Mississippi River.
language  mcsweeneys  hilarious 
october 2009 by tysone
Muphry's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Muphry's Law is an adage that states that "if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written". The name is a deliberate misspelling of "Murphy's Law".
grammar  wikipedia  editing  language 
october 2009 by tysone
On Language - The Age of Undoing - NYTimes.com
em. Note that this is different from disliking something, since unliking simply returns you to a neutral state. This kind of instant reversibility is now an inescapable facet of our digitized life — like it or un-.
language  nytimes  technology 
september 2009 by tysone
Godwin's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1] is a humorous observation coined by Mike Godwin in 1990, and which has become an Internet adage. It states: "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.
conversation  community  language  nazi 
august 2009 by tysone
YouTube - Google Wave: Natural Language Processing
Casey Whitelaw describes the natural language processing behind Google Wave's spelling correction on the deck of the Sydney office. Birds and boat horns for effect.
google  language  programming 
may 2009 by tysone
Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era focuses on the creation of short-form prose that is not intended to be reproduced on pulp fibers.
mcsweeneys  hilarious  literature  technology  language 
may 2009 by tysone
Obama's words: eloquence vs. prettiness - James Fallows
"This doubt should not push us away from our faith. But it should humble us. It should temper our passions, and cause us to be wary of self-righteousness. It should compel us to remain open, and curious, and eager to continue the moral and spiritual debate... And within our vast democracy, this doubt should remind us to persuade through reason, through an appeal whenever we can to universal rather than parochial principles, and most of all through an abiding example of good works, charity, kindness, and service that moves hearts and minds."
obama  language  speech  religion  abortion 
may 2009 by tysone
Six Questions from Kicker: Jack Schulze
Design is a weird word isn’t it? Sometimes it means a job title ... . Design is sometimes used like a verb, like an ambiguous cluster of unfamiliar processes. People say ‘I’m doing some design,’ or ‘I’m designing something.’ Some people (they are wrong) say design is about solving problems. Obviously designers do solve problems, but then so do dentists. Design is about cultural invention.
design  language 
may 2009 by tysone
Stuart Jeffries on the revival of the exclamation mark | Books | The Guardian
"Once it was bad form to end a paragraph with an exclamation mark. Now it's borderline obligatory."
style  punctuation  language  writing 
may 2009 by tysone
Schott's Vocab - Schott’s Vocab Blog - NYTimes.com
Schott’s Vocab is a repository of unconsidered lexicographical trifles — some serious, others frivolous, some neologized, others newly newsworthy.
nytimes  language  blogs 
march 2009 by tysone
John Hodgman on "meh" - Waxy.org
"it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear ... It's part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me."
language  culture  twitter  internet  meh 
february 2009 by tysone
the sopranos, uncensored. on Vimeo
this is every single curse, from every single episode of the sopranos, ever.
hilarious  language  profanity  sopranos 
february 2009 by tysone
Bill Keller - Talk to the Newsroom - The New York Times
Words are the main tools of our craft. They can be used to inform and explain. They can also be used to inflame, or to pander. ... Over time, the promiscuous use of such overheated language and adolescent name-calling cheapens both the language and the user. And it is insulting to readers. It tells you what you are supposed to think, implying you are too stupid or insensitive to make your own judgment. I prefer to think that readers of The New York Times do not need to be treated like fools.
nytimes  bill_keller  q&a  language  middleeast 
february 2009 by tysone
No Snickering - That Road Sign Means Something Else - NYTimes.com
In the scale of embarrassing place names, Crapstone ranks pretty high. But Britain is full of them. Some are mostly amusing, like Ugley, Essex; East Breast, in western Scotland; North Piddle, in Worcestershire; and Spanker Lane, in Derbyshire. (Also: Best. Locator. Map. Ever.)
hilarious  nytimes  language  britain 
january 2009 by tysone
iPhoto '09 and Domain Language - (37signals)
Keep this in mind the next time you’re designing an app or a feature. There is a strong tendency to use the same words that you see other software using. Be cautious about copying domain language, because copying language is copying a whole approach
design  apple  strategy  language  software 
january 2009 by tysone
The Buzzwords of 2008 - NYTimes.com
Picking out political buzzwords from 2008 is like shooting moose in a pigpen. The fundamentals were so dizzyingly strong, it could be tough to keep them all straight. Before you knew it “The One” had become “That One” and the “team of mavericks” were going rogue on each other. You mixed up Client 9 and Candidate 5 at the holiday party and tried to change the subject.
typography  trends  politics  nytimes  2009  language  design 
december 2008 by tysone
The Public Editor - Separating the Terror and the Terrorists - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
They have wrestled with questions like why those responsible for the 9/11 attacks are called terrorists but the murderers of a little girl in her bed in a Jewish settlement are not. And whether, if the use of the word terrorist can be interpreted as a political act, not using it is one too.
nytimes  language  terrorism 
december 2008 by tysone
Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden? - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
What's with all the failing lately? Why fail instead of failure? Why FAIL instead of fail? And why, for that matter, does it have to be "epic"?
language  culture  fail 
october 2008 by tysone
Beyond Flash, an addendum
"We speak a new and powerful language, capable of saying things no other language can say, but few have realized this, and even fewer have found what to say. When I look at the Flash community, I see an incredible amount of output, a ton of production, but not a lot being said. There have been no masterpieces."
brilliant  prediction  flash  language  adobe  design  toteach 
october 2008 by tysone
Erin McKean redefines the dictionary | Video on TED.com
Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.
video  ted  language  linguistics  lexicography  english 
october 2008 by tysone
Cake Wrecks
When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong
wtf  hilarious  culture  food  language 
august 2008 by tysone
Addictionary :: What's your word?
pretty sure i've dreamt about this site while sleeping
august 2008 by tysone
YouTube - History of the Predictive Text Swearing
Armstrong and Miller genius work on why texting won't let you swear.
video  youtube  mobile  language 
august 2008 by tysone
Read Giles Coren's letter to Times subs | Media | guardian.co.uk
awesome writer's rant: "There is no length issue. This is someone thinking 'I'll just remove this indefinite article because Coren is an illiterate cunt and i know best'. Well, you fucking don't."
writing  newspapers  language  guardian 
july 2008 by tysone
Features : Radar Online : Mapping the origins of America's favorite insult
What do Tucker Carlson, Vanilla Ice, and that guy who just ordered grape-flavored vodka with sugar-free Red Bull have in common? ... There is only one way to describe them. They are douchebags.
writing  language  etymology 
july 2008 by tysone
Which catchphrases should be "thrown under the bus"? - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine
I'm interested in catchphrases because I think a case can be made that our language has become more catchphrase-driven, catchphrase-focused. So much so that catchphrase self-consciousness has become a phenomenon of its own.
communication  culture  language 
june 2008 by tysone

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