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Sweary links #6

For your weekend reading pleasure, a bumper batch of sweary shit from around the internet. You may have seen some of these items before, especially if you follow… 460 more words


The Prissy and the Powerful: On Gender, Danger and Triviality

“Prissy”.  “Fussy”.  “Trivial”.  These are terms I hear all the time in men’s comments about women.  They like women, they’ll often say, but they just have different priorities.  997 more words

Freudian Time Slip

We all, I suspect, have words and phrases we repeatedly remember differently from the majority, whether in spelling or meaning. Often, they seem to stem from mere rote, such as my mistyping ‘from’ as ‘form’ but not vice versa because of a slight difference in the speed my fingers move when touch-typing. 665 more words


Alexandrina Brant reblogged this on Miss Alexandrina and commented:

Just something to think about for your Thursday. Does linguistic variation over time and the way society's use of language changes it (sociolinguistics) stem from subconscious - and/or extraterrestrial - formation of what it means to be human?

Retail Sociolinguistics

Politicians and those who analyze them speak often these days of “retail politics”, by which them mean the process of relating not to other politically active people, or to large donors, or to legislatures or policy makers, but to ordinary people, often on an individual level. 372 more words

Michael Wood on Beowulf

Broadcaster: BBC4
Year: 2009
Genre: Documentary
URL: http://bobnational.net/record/283322

Review by: Lisa Smalley

This evocative documentary presented by a very enthusiastic Michael Wood, offers an insight into the context of the poem ‘Beowulf’, the history of its original audience and connections with the landscape of Britain. 264 more words


Spanglish is older than you think

Read this post from Nina Porzucki. Or listen to the podcast above.

To truly explore the early roots of Spanglish, we have to go back to the… 1,021 more words

The Story of me, you, myself and I: Pronoun Selection in Coordinate Noun Phrases in innercircle Englishes. Chapter 2: The Way Me and You Once Were: The Child Vernacular Pattern.

Chapter Two: The Way Me and You Once Were: The Child Vernacular Pattern

In the first posting of this series, The Story Briefly Told, I posed the central mystery or problem: why is it that, on one hand, there is zero variation with pronoun selection among English speakers when a pronoun is the sole subject or object of a sentence, while on the other hand, when a pronoun is conjoined with another noun phrase via… 2,890 more words