Are Participles a Thing of the Past?

Our informal verbalization of verbs.

#austen-jane, #english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl

Language Evolves Right Before Our Ears. It’s Very ‘Satisfying.’

How pickleball and A.S.M.R. may have helped the youngs refine our language forward.

#aarp, #english-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #senses-and-sensation

In an era of alphabet soup diplomacy, Biden is adding ingredients.

Unsettled times have brought a proliferation of new clusters of various countries, and the acronyms that come with them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #english-language, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #middle-east, #united-states-international-relations

The ‘Hard Yakka’ of Defining Australian English’s Many Quirks

It took a while for Australians to appreciate their linguistic distinctiveness. The editors at the Australian National Dictionary Center work to document it.

#australia, #canberra-australia, #dictionaries, #english-language, #slang

The ‘E-Pimps’ of OnlyFans

Clever marketers have figured out how easy it is to simulate online intimacy at scale, ventriloquizing alluring models with cheap, offshore labor.

#english-language, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #miami-fla, #models-professional, #onlyfans, #philippines, #pornography

Blackness and Standard English Can Coexist. Professors, Take Note.

Failing to recognize this underserves Black English speakers.

#du-bois-w-e-b, #english-language, #i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings-book, #india, #internal-sub-only-nl, #microsoft-corp, #naylor-gloria, #netflix-inc, #shakespeare-william

‘Ten Percent,’ the British Version of ‘Call My Agent!,’ Won’t Be on Netflix

“Call My Agent!,” set at a Parisian talent agency, was a cult favorite during the pandemic. But the English-language adaptation will be on Sundance Now and AMC+.

#call-my-agent-tv-program, #english-language, #netflix-inc, #sundance-now-amc-networks-inc, #television, #ten-percent-tv-program, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The War in Ukraine Has Unleashed a New Word

In a creative play on three different languages, Ukrainians identify an enemy: ‘ruscism.’

#english-language, #language-and-languages, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-language, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

When You Hear the F-Word, Try Picking Up More Than One Meaning

Some words have multiple parts. Some dirty words say multiple things.

#blu-ray-disc-assn, #english-language, #gaynor-janet, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #ku-klux-klan, #march-fredric, #movies, #russia

Introducing WordleBot, the Upshot’s Daily Wordle Companion

It will tell you how skillful or lucky you were, and it could help improve your results.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #english-language, #luck, #mathematics, #wordle-puzzle

‘Meatspace’? Technology Does Funny Things to Language

Our words reveal a lot about changes in society.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #english-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages

N.Y.’s Push for Weather Alerts in More Languages Highlights Greater Need

The storm hit the city’s immigrant communities hard, and the New York attorney general called this week for severe weather alerts to be sent in more languages. Advocates say deeper changes are needed.

#english-language, #hurricane-ida-2021, #james-letitia, #national-weather-service, #new-york-city

The I.C.U. Patient, and the Family

Exploring the dilemmas involving patients, their families and health care providers in end-of-life care. Also: Quotation marks; calling and driving.

#death-and-dying, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #english-language, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health

Why Are Other Languages Better at Conveying Feelings Than English?

Words that capture an entire culinary experience or mood — such as “utepils,” in Norwegian — are common in other languages. English has a few such words, too.

#english-language, #food, #japan, #language-and-languages, #mexico, #norway, #puzzles

Don’t, Like, Overanalyze Language

My hunch is we’re fine using informal wording.

#atlantic-the-magazine, #english-language, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #poetry-and-poets, #slang, #social-media, #twitter, #writing-and-writers

Today’s Faux Pas, Tomorrow’s Comme Il Faut

Why linguists encourage what grammarians won’t.

#english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #the-new-york-times-stylebook-book

Your Guide to the New Language of the Office

You can still circle back and touch base. But the vernacular of work life for many has changed just as much as their work has.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-language, #nancherla-aparna-1982, #workplace-environment

Omicron: A Big Deal About Small ‘O’

The Greek letter auditions for a different role in our lexicon.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #damon-matt, #english-language, #greek-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nicholson-jack, #romeo-and-juliet-play

How do you say ‘Omicron’?

Unlike Alpha, Beta and Delta, the name of the latest known variant is not as straightforward, with some English speakers offering up diverse pronunciations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dictionaries, #english-language, #merriam-webster-inc

The Algorithm That Could Take Us Inside Shakespeare’s Mind

Machine learning programs have recently made huge advances. Stephen Marche tested one against Shakespeare’s collected works, to see if it could help him figure out which of the several versions of Hamlet’s soliloquy was most likely what the playwright intended.

#artificial-intelligence, #books-and-literature, #cohere-inc, #english-language, #hamlet-play, #natural-language-processing, #shakespeare-william, #writing-and-writers

‘Woke’ Went the Way of ‘P.C.’ and ‘Liberal’

Progressives can still fall back on ‘progressive.’

#democratic-party, #english-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #liberalism-us-politics, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Grandiloquent Words

In the 19th century, the use of grandiloquent, fanciful words was all the rage, which proves that overcomplicating things has always been funny. And is it a uniquely American phenomenon? Some linguists believe so.

#english-language, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #oxford-english-dictionary-book, #sheidlower-jesse, #sokolowski-peter

Attention, New Englanders: Fluffernutter Is Now a Word

What has prompted Merriam-Webster to add the longstanding term for a mostly regional sandwich to the dictionary?

#dictionaries, #durkee-mower-company, #english-language, #fluffernutter, #massachusetts, #merriam-webster-inc, #new-england-states-us, #peanut-butter, #sandwiches

BIPOC or POC? Equity or Equality? Debating Words on the Left

For those pushing for changes in society on race and other issues, words matter. They can also muddle.

#black-people, #discrimination, #english-language, #gender, #hispanic-americans, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #race-and-ethnicity, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states

‘Vax’ Is Oxford’s 2021 Word of the Year

Amid an explosion of Covid-related wordplay, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary crowns “vax.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-language, #fiona-mcpherson, #language-and-languages, #oxford-languages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vax

Controversial Words You Can Use

The language police have gone too far.

#black-people, #discrimination, #english-language, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

French Language Laws Renew Rift With Quebec’s English Speakers

The government calls the new measure necessary for the survival of French, while critics say it stigmatizes bilingualism and is bad for business.

#canada, #english-language, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #montreal-quebec, #quebec-province-canada

The Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘They’ Causes a Stir

Readers argue against the usage of the gender-neutral “they,” but I’m not convinced.

#english-language, #gender, #gender-neutral, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #nonbinary, #pronouns, #they

Talking About Race Is Tricky. Here’s One Reason Why.

‘Semantic narrowing’ isn’t exactly a household term, but maybe it should be.

#cultural-appropriation, #discrimination, #diversity, #english-language, #internal-sub-only, #race-and-ethnicity, #semantics

Taking the ‘Shame Part’ Out of Female Anatomy

Anatomists have bid farewell to “pudendum,” but other questionable terms remain.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #discrimination, #english-language, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #latin-language, #reproductive-system-human, #textbooks, #vagina, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Gender Pronouns Are Changing. It’s Exhilarating.

Embrace “they” for “he” or “she.” Pronoun history is fluid.

#english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.

#dictionaries, #english-language, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #wikipedia

China Increasing Rejects English, and Outside Ideas

A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.

#books-and-literature, #china, #chinese-language, #colleges-and-universities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #united-states-international-relations

What Has One Eye and 1,200 Heads? An Old English Riddle, That’s What!

Riddles are as old as the English language and, as Adrienne Raphel explains, can tell us a lot about Anglo-Saxon culture — as long as we are able to solve them.

#books-and-literature, #crossword-puzzles, #english-language, #great-britain, #orchard-andy, #the-old-english-and-anglo-latin-riddle-tradition-book

The Gender Binary in Language Classes

Languages that contain only “he” and “she” pronouns pose problems for communicating about gender identity. Here’s how some language teachers are helping.

#education, #english-language, #french-language, #gender, #genderfluid, #hebrew-language, #language-and-languages, #nonbinary, #spanish-language, #transgender-and-transsexuals

The Rise and Fall of ‘ZuckTalk’

So, there’s this oratory style that asks for validation while bulldozing through almost any topic, right?

#english-language, #social-conditions-and-trends

How ‘Woke’ Became an Insult

On the perils of the euphemism treadmill.

#black-people, #english-language, #race-and-ethnicity, #slang

He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.

#africa, #algeria, #at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #diop-david, #english-language, #france, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #letters, #man-booker-prize, #senegal, #the-art-of-losing-book, #writing-and-writers, #zeniter-alice

‘Friends Reunion’: How the Sitcom Helps People Learn English

Language teachers say the show is a near-perfect amalgam of easy-to-understand English and real-life scenarios that feel familiar even to people who live worlds away from the West Village.

#aniston-jennifer, #bts-music-group, #cox-courteney, #english-language, #friends-tv-program, #international-study-and-teaching, #leblanc-matt, #liverpool-soccer-team, #major-league-baseball, #schwimmer-david, #seinfeld-jerry, #the-big-bang-theory-tv-program

Katherine Barber, Who Defined Canadian English, Is Dead at 61

As the founding editor of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, she turned to “trashy novels” and parliamentary debates to find Canada’s version of the language.

#barber-katherine-1959-2021, #canada, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #oxford-university-press

‘Active Shooter’: How an Obscure Term Became a Shorthand for Violence

This law enforcement jargon has proliferated in recent years on social media and in breaking news reports. While it conjures fears of mass shootings, the term is often used imprecisely. Many reports turn out to be false alarms.

#active-shooter, #deaths-fatalities, #english-language, #firearms, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media

How the N-Word Became Unsayable

The evolution of the slur’s use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #english-language, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-jeffersons-tv-program, #united-states, #whites

Why the Meaning of ‘Infrastructure’ Matters So Much

The definition has always depended on what a society is trying to accomplish.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #child-care, #english-language, #infrastructure-public-works, #klinenberg-eric, #united-states-politics-and-government

I Have Read Thousands of Résumés and I Have Some Advice

The history of this strange document can tell job-seekers what works and what doesn’t.

#careers-and-professions, #classified-advertising, #da-vinci-leonardo, #english-language, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs

This Is Cringe

Why is everyone suddenly so embarrassed for everyone else?

#english-language, #slang, #social-media

What Are Neopronouns?

Are you a person, place or thing? We have good news.

#english-language, #gender, #social-media, #your-feed-selfcare

The Panorama Panini Pandemic

People have a range of nicknames for the pandemic: a panorama, a pandemonium, a “pandemi moore,” a panini. Is humor a useful way to cope with incredibly difficult times?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-language, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #your-feed-selfcare

Tracking the Vocabulary of Sci-Fi, from Aerocar to Zero-Gravity

The new online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction probes the speculative corners of the lexicographic universe.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dictionaries, #english-language, #historical-dictionary-of-science-fiction-book, #oxford-english-dictionary-book, #science-fiction, #sheidlower-jesse

With Remote Learning, a 12-Year-Old Knows Her English Is Slipping Away

In New York City, 142,000 children are learning English in school. Online classes are especially challenging for them.

#bangladesh, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #english-language, #immigration-and-emigration

The 20 Phrases That Defined 2020

We picked up a whole new vocabulary this year — some of it words that have been around forever.

#english-language, #oxford-english-dictionary-book, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #zoom-video-communications