"The internationalized art world relies on a unique language. Its purest articulation is found in the digital press release. This language has everything to do with English, but it is emphatically not English. It is largely an export of the Anglophone world and can thank the global dominance of English for its current reach. But what really matters for this language—what ultimately makes it a language—is the pointed distance from English that it has always cultivated. " - Triple Canopy magazine on why do artists' statments and press releases sound so utterly odd and confusing.
Merrian-Webster open dictionary
"Have you spotted a new word or a new sense for an old word that hasn't made it into the dictionary yet? Well, here's your chance to add your discovery (and its definition) to Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary"
If listening to sound of different languages
is something you may be interested in, visit the multimedia language project website hosted by the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. It features the sound files of a small blurb from Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince
read outloud in a 100 different languages. The blurbs are also textually transcribed. [See more inside]
A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper
deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers
. An admitted dude-user during his college years, Scott Kiesling
said the four-letter word has many uses, all of which express closeness between men in a safely heterosexual manner. How about you? Do you do the dude? If so, does that mean you're white
The Internet's Most Accurate English-to-English Dictionary
This internet service will translate any English word, phrase or passage into English, or vice versa. Your original grammar, style, and spelling are left intact!
Native Languages of the Americas:
Preserving and promoting American Indian languages.
Compendium of lost words
You may have been wondering what "triclavianism" means. You may have been disappointed when dictionary.com couldn't help
. Look no further.
The World has at least 6,800
and countless more dialects ranging from Alacatlatzala
to Zoque Tabasco
. These are the Top 10 languages
Worthless Word for the Day.
Ever feel as if an "obscure, abstruse and/or recondite word" was forced into a newspaper/magazine/quote? Now there's a site that finally finds and provides wwftd! Impress your friends.
This pidgin bible translation
gives me the creeps. What happened to promoting literacy by example? Sure, it's important to use language that your readers
are comfortable with, but come on already. Is it any wonder that
education in Hawaii
I was talking to my wife this morning about one of the kids "bombing" a test at school, and she asked me, "Is that good or bad?" I said, "Bad, of course. You know, you bomb a test, that means either flunking it or close to it." She said, "No, not any more, like 'it's the bomb' or 'we bombed that hill' on skateboards. Bombing is a good thing
." Certain words and phrases are changing their meanings. Have you found yourself tongue-tied
Not that this link is of any importance. I just wanted to recognize Schadenfreude
as "Word of the Day" today at merriam-webster.com
The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy: An Interactive Study
Since the development of carbonated beverage in 1886, one of linguistic geography's
most important and least investigated phenomena has been the sharp regional divisions in the use of the terms "pop" and "soda."
Have you ever wanted to know what hip-hopsters meant when they say things like "gettin' giggy with it," or "man, that's off the skillet"? Well now you can.
Behold: the definitive Hip-Hop dictionary!
Ooooh, those trendy young Brits and their funny new words.
What I can't help wondering is how many people have been sending in made up slang. (via clog