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A Linguist Explains the Rules of Summoning Benedict Cumberbatch (and follow-up post with a Histogram Cumbergraph)
- A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
- A Linguist Explains What Old-School British Accents Sounded Like
- A Linguist On the Story of Gendered Pronouns
- A Linguist Explains the Syntax of Fuck
- A Linguist Explains How We Write Sarcasm on the Internet
- A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang
- A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Shipping
- Two Linguists Explain Pseudo-Old English in The Wake
- A Linguist Explains Emoji and What Language Death Actually Looks Like
At Washington Post:
- Move over Shakespeare: Teen girls are the real language disruptors
- Why singular “they” should be Word of the Year 2015
On Mental Floss:
- What’s up with Exclamation!!! Marks!!! Between!!! Words!!!?
- Why the pronunciation of GIF really can go either way
- Why are your fav abbrevs totes legit hard to spell?
- Smol: the new social media word that’s like “small” but cuter
- 7 ways the internet is improving language
- 15 interesting things you can do with capital letters
- Can a computer make a meme?
- What 4 new snowclones like “X-ers gonna X” have in common
- There are two kinds of hashtags, index and commentary
- 16 old-school internet acronyms: How many do you recognize?
- The new meaning of “cheeky” that’s got Americans confused
- This is the best way of asking questions, y/y?
- How do you punctuate around emoticons and emoji?
- Some srs bsns: Are words without vowels rlly more efficient?
- The evolution of “that [NOUN] though”
- 15 ways to laugh online
- What’s the difference between “you” and “u”?
- Are incomplete sentences the new thing, or…?
- Will we all speak emoji “language” in a couple years?
- Why is it that you “can’t even” but you never find that you “can even”?
In Schwa Fire:
- The language of poetry: What do iambic pentameter in English, the alexandrine in French, and the haiku in Japanese all have in common?
- Can an inhaled word mean something? A surprising number of languages say yes
- The future of the word “partner”
At Slate’s Lexicon Valley (full list here):
- How Do You Rhyme in a Sign Language?
- 7 Ways to Fake-Pronounce Any Foreign Language
- Do All Languages Derive From a Single Common Ancestor?
- What Happens if a Child Is Never Exposed to Language?
- Why Do Sportscasters Use the Historical Present?
- “Look at All These Ducks There Are at Least Ten.” Why Is This Funny?
- When Your Eyes Hear Better Than Your Ears: The McGurk Effect
- There Are Two “Th” Sounds. Here’s the Difference.
- Ish: How a Suffix Became a Word
- Why Do You Think You’re Right About Language? You’re Not.
- Happy 25th Birthday to LOL
- What does “She” in Science Fiction Tell Us About Language On Earth?
- Making “Fetch” Happen: What Makes New Words Catch On?
- The Science of B-B-B-Beatboxing
- What Makes a Selfie a Selfie?
- Do You Ever Say Probly Instead of Probably? Here’s Why.
- Why Can’t We Agree on How to Pronounce Doge?
At Grammar Girl:
- Negation: When No Means Yes in Night Vale
- Your Subconscious Controls How You Speak
- Why Do We Call People Redheads Instead of Orangeheads?
- Why We Sing “fa la la” Instead of “fra spla spla”
- How Canadians Really Pronounce “About” (audio version)
- Scopal Ambiguity: Messing With Words To Make Things Funny
- Fun With Crash Blossoms
At The Week:
- Why so many people struggle with pronouncing doge
- What grocery stores can teach us about linguistics
- The linguistic lessons of Pig Latin
- The problem with positive answers to negative questions