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The clue’s in the name
You might have thought that if there was one thing we could all agree on in the year 2017, it would be the right of every individual to be referred to by the personal name of their own choice.
Flaunting party discipline, or flouting it, whatever
Geoff Pullum fears the flaunt/flout distinction may be a lost cause. He’s going to carry on making it anyway.
Words, dictionaries, and language
The revival of Yiddish in music and literature
First spoken by medieval Jews living on the Rhine, it is thought that Yiddish grew out of German (though linguists such as Paul Wexler have offered contrasting theories).
Have nouns in German always been capitalised?
The earliest texts in a European context with capitalised nouns are from the late Middle Ages.