Twice a month, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.
Imagine you just cut a hole in a piece of toast and cooked an egg in the middle in a frying pan. What do you call the breakfast you made?
I did not realize there were distinctly British and American uses of exclamation marks. (I’m quite familiar with the US workplace one — I call it the “chipper exclamation mark” — but I didn’t realize it was local to the US.)
On the distinctive features of men’s speech. [CW: Brett Kavanaugh, sexual assault, etc.]
The kids are alright: the story of Light Warlpiri.
The word assclown is “an appropriate putdown not just for a run-of-the-mill jerk, but someone who revels in the performance of being a jerk,” while “asshat is a bit milder and not so performative.”
I’ve had many conversations over the last two years about how to refer to the US’s Republican president. (Personally, I like “the Republican president” and “the Republican administration” to remind myself and others that it’s not just one jerkwad but a whole group of them aligned together.) But I hadn’t heard voldemort as a verb, meaning the practice of avoiding using a proper name.
I have yet to read this report on press coverage of sexual assault after #metoo, but I’m looking forward to it. [CW: sexual assault.]
 Was every Monday.