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Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Before spelling was fixed, people read aloud. I feel thrown back to the Middle Ages when reading a YouTube video transcript. This was a st…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

2 Feb 23, 2014
Reply by Loren Miller

Changes to word meanings.

I just heard about “The Sharing Economy”:  http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21573104-internet-everything-hire-rise-sharing-economy If…

Started by Idaho Spud

4 Feb 7, 2014
Reply by Dogly

Typos and Other Sources of Humor

In my job I occasionally have to respond to call center forms documenting mis-shipments, missing parts, overages, etc. So, often I end up d…

Started by Glenn Sogge

162 Nov 26, 2013
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

Will your head literally explode? OED recognizes informal use of "literally"

The Oxford English Dictionary now recognizes the long-used informal sense of "literally" as an intensifier meaning "virtually" or "figurati…

Started by Grinning Cat

6 Aug 24, 2013
Reply by Idaho Spud

Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps)

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Rape culture embedded in language

Discussion of the underlying cause of India's rape culture, and that of mysogenist violence against women worldwide, underlies the role of…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 8, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

Started by Grinning Cat

0 Mar 3, 2013

Two layers of language

How Human Language Could Have Evolved from Birdsong: Researchers Propose New Theory On Deep Roots of Human Speech ... human language is a g…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 22, 2013

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

Now we have analysis to discover new insights about books, and their authors, instead of just quantifying what we already knew. By Text-Min…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 28, 2012
Reply by Steph S.

What makes a memorable quote?

Computer Scientists Show What Makes Movie Lines Memorable The study suggests that memorable lines use familiar sentence structure but incor…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

4 May 10, 2012
Reply by Tony Carroll

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