A Browser Extension That Replaces "Literally" With "Figuratively".
Built by a programmer named Mike Walker
, it’s an extension for Google’s Chrome browser that replaces the word “literally” with “figuratively” on sites and articles across the Web, with deeply gratifying results. Previously.
Save the Words:
Adopt words that have been abandoned by the English language.
Everyone Speaks Text Message: [NYTimes]
"Is technology killing indigenous languages or saving them? Well, you may soon be able to text in N’Ko."
Speak like Yoda, did you? May have we. [HuffPo]
"New research published
in the the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
suggests that the "proto-human languages" of 50,000 years ago resembled the speaking patterns of a certain wise, green Star Wars character."
Worn-out Words: [Guardian]
Last year Ledbury poetry festival
asked poets to name their most hated words
. For this year's festival – running from 1 to 10 July – they've asked for the expressions that have become such cliches that they have lost all meaning. Here are their responses: please add your own.
Words I love
, not to be confused with Words I hate
Climate change and the vuvuzela leave mark on Oxford Dictionary of English.
Other words and phrases introduced for the latest edition include 'toxic debt', 'staycation', 'cheesebal' and 'national treasure'. To balance them out among the 2,000 or so new items there are a few more left-field choices.
Among them are 'cheeseball', which refers to someone or something lacking taste, style or originality, and the more disturbing phenomenon of 'hikikomori', the Japanese word for the acute social withdrawal that occurs in some teenage boys.