language and words in the news

Language and words in the news – 2 April, 2010

© Scott Maxwell / Fotolia.comThis post contains a weekly selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English and language change. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include.

Language change and slang

The endless decline of the English language.
‘…this vicious abundance of Phrase, this trick of Metaphors, this volubility of Tongue, which makes so great a noise in the World.’

Globish: the worldwide dialect of the third millennium.
More than a lingua franca, the rapid adoption of ‘decaffeinated English’, according to the man who coined the term ‘Globish’, makes it the world’s most widely spoken language.

How Shakespeare changed the English language.

Kids of today can’t spell respect.
I have no doubt the abandonment of correct grammar and diction in rock ‘n’ roll has led directly to the poor standards of English expression today. The only mystery, therefore, is how I managed to grow up on this music, yet turn into such an elegant writer.

Teabonics: the new language of the Tea Party movement
Exploring ‘Teabonics’, the exciting new variations on English spawned by the US Tea Party movement’s sign language.

Happy April-fool-day.
My seemingly innocent retweet of Grammar Girl this morning gave rise to a lengthy discussion of personal preference regarding the apostrophe in “April Fools’ Day.” Or “April Fool’s Day.” Or “April Fools Day.”

Books, words, science and the history of language

Accent speaks louder than race for finding friends.
Children choose friends based more on whether they speak alike rather than look alike.

Tagul – like Wordle with hyperlinks
The difference between Wordle and Tagul is when you create a word cloud with Tagul, every word in your word cloud is linked to a Google search.

Essential apps for English learners: grammar

American university to give all students iPads.
All full-time students will receive an iPad tablet device in an effort to boost learning ability and technical know-how.

Mangling the prostidude.
Spellchacker turns “warmed spring salad greens with prosciuto” into “warmed spring salad greens with prostitutes.”

Do animals speak a foreign language?
The people speaking the various languages around the globe interpret the animal sound differently based on their language sound systems and their culture.

Funny Video

A really funny clip introducing Google Translate for animals.

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