A compelling narrative rich with examples from her own online activities, a healthy dose of humor, and plenty of cat memes… the breadth of topics covered—from conversation analysis to meme culture to the development of texting as we now know it—makes this book useful, engaging, and enjoyable.
I did book-related threads about expanding the linguistics bookshelf and the public lending right and how you can order a book you’re excited about from your local public or academic library.
Because Internet is out on July 23rd! That’s just over a week away! Preorders all count towards a book’s first week sales, and the first week is the best chance that a book has of getting on any kind of bestseller list, so if you’re planning on getting it, I’d greatly appreciate if you got it now!
My latest article for Wired was about the Archive of Our Own and how fans are better than tech at organizing information online. (Plus: a delightful coda.) Excerpt:
On AO3, users can put in whatever tags they want. (Autocomplete is there to help, but they don’t have to use it.) Then behind the scenes, human volunteers look up any new tags that no one else has used before and match them with any applicable existing tags, a process known as tag wrangling.
Wrangling means that you don’t need to know whether the most popular tag for your new fanfic featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson is Johnlock or Sherwatson or John/Sherlock or Sherlock/John or Holmes/Watson or anything else. And you definitely don’t need to tag your fic with all of them just in case. Instead, you pick whichever one you like, the tag wranglers do their work behind the scenes, and readers looking for any of these synonyms will still be able to find you.
This month’s main episode of Lingthusiasm was about why spelling is hard — but also hard to change (with a great tweet about the French circonflexe accent and English) and the bonus episode was North, left, or towards the sea — direction words with Alice Gaby (plus a thread about direction words).
I read the first two Murderbot Diaries novellas and livetweeted my linguistic thoughts about them. I also read This Is How You Lose The Time War, which I was not able to livetweet yet since it was still an advance copy, but it was excellent and I strongly recommend it.
- Nicknames that I have for my pet wugs (there are two of them)
- A collaborative linguistics rewrite of Bohemian Rhapsody
- Internet laughter in Korean
- Bullet comments
- I managed to find a linguistic angle to a major Canadian sporting event
- It’s only a…sparkling meme: linguistics, memes, wugs
- Straw poll on voice memos in texting apps
- Alternative uses of the № symbol?
- A 138-page pdf about language museums around the world
Selected blog posts:
- An analysis of the meaning behind different kinds of screenshots
- Bohemian Rhapsody but linguistics
- Things that should happen in a sci fi story with a universal translator
- Lox: the English word that hasn’t changed in sound or meaning in 8000 years
- Bridging the internet’s digital language divide
- A step-by-step guide to drawing syntax trees, with gifs
- Early reviews for Because Internet
- Are your teens secretly texting about languages using ISO-639-3 codes?
This month’s featured image is the first finished copy of Because Internet, which was sent to me in the mail! It looks like a real book! (Just hanging out on one of our Lingthusiasm esoteric symbols scarves, which matches it perfectly.) Front and back photos, because I can’t resist.