John Gordon Ross

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Language Stuff

Almost everyone uses language, so inevitably almost everyone thinks they are an expert in it. I don’t consider myself an expert, though most of my work requires at least language competence and sometimes actual skill, but I do follow the blogs featured on this feeds page.

(If you are wondering where the translation-related feeds have all gone, I have put them on their own page.)

Most of the blogs represented here are in English, most of the time, but don’t be surprised to find other languages used. Go with the flow – I occasionally find myself pleasantly surprised at how much I can grasp in languages I have never seen before.

Language On the Net

Language Log » Looming epidemic of total inability to even?

Thursday 28 September 16:50:38 UTC 2017

"Millennial Diagnosed With Tragic Inability To Even", Babylon Bee 9/30/2016: BOTHELL, WA—According to reports, local 22-year-old Chloe Kowalski’s world was torn apart Thursday morning, as the millennial barista was diagnosed with a rare disease that prevents her from having the ability to even. […] “We’ve never seen a case quite like this before,” Dr. Elizabeth Eden told reporters gathered outside … [Link]

Language Log » Bubble tea blooper

Thursday 28 September 12:52:48 UTC 2017

Bubble tea company needs a better translator. pic.twitter.com/b1qNAHVJy2 — IM 🍑HIM (@ziyatong) September 25, 2017 That's all, folks. [h.t. Jichang Lulu] [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » sound byte hoe

Thursday 28 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Anyone who only gets on tv to give a worthless opinion about a major topic just to be relevant 45 will do and say anything about sports but refuses to address real issues. He's such a sound byte hoe. [Link]

languagehat.com » The Closing of DARE.

Thursday 28 September 0:14:41 UTC 2017

I’ve posted a number of times about the Dictionary of American Regional English (e.g., on its completion and on the Fieldwork Recordings); now, sadly, I must write about the shutdown of the entire project, as reported by one of LH’s favorite lexicographers, Jesse Sheidlower, for the New Yorker. After introducing DARE and describing its many excellences (William Safire called it … [Link]

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