Posts Tagged: Slang

Slang and Swagger: Riffing with Jeff Chang

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Jeff Chang discusses his latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, his work in hip-hip journalism, and the beauty and humanity of political protest.

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Jesse Lee Kercheval

The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Jesse Lee Kercheval

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I have learned to put myself, my ego, to one side and truly experience someone else’s poetry.

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It’s Literally Fine

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At the Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance defends teenagers’ ever-maligned contributions to the lexicon, citing a recent student that examines the extent to which teens influence linguistic change: And the thing about linguistic changes is they can’t exactly be stopped in any sort of deliberate way…Even old-school grammar geeks are warming up to “they” as an acceptable […]

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Brave New Words

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This year in the decline of the English language, Dictionary.com has added words like “slacktivism,” “lifehack,” and “basic,” according to the Dictionary.com blog. On the positive side, they finally added definitions for gender-inclusive words like “agender,” “bigender,” and “gender-fluid,” and that is a step in the right direction.

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Batter Dip the Cranny Axe in the Gut Locker

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Salon has published an excerpt from The Vulgar Tongue: Green’s History of Slang by lexicographer Jonathon Green. While ancient sex slang is sure to elicit a few giggles, Green also explores the deeper implications of our ability to dance around the issue: The question, however, is not whether or what, but why. Why slang has taken it […]

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Weekly Geekery

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THIS. THIIIISSSSS. And this history of “This.” Can Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) save the crumbling ivory towers of higher education? “Tech companies, in their many guises, always tell stories about the future of the world.” Kids these days are not impressed with your old-fashioned writing devices. Internet slang isn’t as new as you think it […]

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This.

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An article from the New York Times comments on the affect social media and Internet slang is having on our language and means of communication. On sentence fragments: “Indeed, fragments are indicative of how quickly we pass judgment while on the Internet without investigating an issue too deeply. We share articles and videos that conform […]

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“Pop,” “Soda,” or “Heaven Bubbles”?

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You’ve probably seen this regional-dialect quiz from the New York Times making the rounds on your social networks. You answer questions about your vocabulary and pronunciation, and it tries to determine where in the United States you’re from. But the New Yorker‘s Shouts & Murmurs blog is really upping the ante with their own dialect quiz, which […]

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Lexicon Valley Now In Written Form

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Slate‘s language podcast, Lexicon Valley, now has a blog component, by popular demand. (Surprise, surprise—word nerds want to read more.) So far, it’s mostly cross-posts from the always-wonderful Language Log on the topics of slang, translation, and the word meh. We look forward to reading more posts—and hearing more podcast episodes—about the delightful strangeness of language.

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America Wants to Gay Marry the Phrase “Gay Marry”

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Mark Peters takes a look at the linguistic and cultural meanings behind America’s favorite new idiom: “gay marry.” You know, as in… “‘I going [sic] to do unspeakable things to this sandwich. Like gay-marry it.’ June 23, 2009, Alison Agosti, Twitter ‘@everythingpre I’m so in love with Universal Search I might just try to gay […]

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