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Language links 1/1/2019

Once a month, I share some of what I’ve been reading.


Aren’t you curious how all those word-of-the-year lists happen? I enjoyed this peek behind the scenes. And similarly charmed by a look at the American Heritage Dictionary’s usage panel.

A truly excellent linguistic-anthropology take on #MeToo: “When ‘me too’ moves from co-oxygenated communication to digital communication, the hashtag draws on its power as the second pair-part of an atypical adjacency pair and transforms into a resource for thousands…”

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Language links 12/1

Once a month, I share some of what I’ve been reading.


Danya Glabau’s new guide on emerging technologies and ethics is basically my reading list for the next year.

American Anthropologist published an excellent overview of race and voting in America just in time for the election. While I’m only sharing it after the fact, it’s still valuable.

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Language links 10/15

Twice a month[1], 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.)

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