I’ve started working with SwiftKey, a mobile keyboard app company, on analyzing some of their extensive data on how people use emoji. We’ve got a panel proposal up for South by Southwest Interactive which you can see more details about and vote for, if you’re so inclined.
I wrote my first piece for Quartz, about how young women have been disrupting language ever since Shakespeare, and it got picked up by the Smithsonian Magazine.
I revisited the classic handbook of cutting-edge 90s internet language, Wired Style and wrote about its retro internet slang and how I became a descriptivist for The Toast and then explored further vintage slang from it in a follow-up on Mental Floss. I also wrote for Mental Floss about the two kinds of hashtags, index and commentary.
I livetweeted my thoughts about an advance copy of David J. Peterson’s The Art of Language Invention, which I’ve summed up in a Storify (with sneak peeks of the book).
I published a back-to-school link round up on All Things Linguistic, as well as a career advice post, Linguistics + X.
Selected blog posts:
- The bizarre syntax of “sexiest man alive”
- 21 things a twitter favourite can mean
- The fascinatng…frustrating…fascinating history of autocorrect
- xkcd: No “I” in “team”
- /jeb!/ signs
- Generational differences in having a vivid sense of typographical register
- Deaf interpreters