A poem that builds upon itself and grows as the world wide web grows. The Apostrophe Engine
is a website operated by Bill Kenney and Darren Wershler-Henry. It is the source of the poems in apostrophe
, a book published by ECW Press in 2006.
The home page of the Apostrophe Engine site presents the full text of a poem called "apostrophe", written by Bill in 1993. In this digital version of the poem, each line is now a hyperlink.
How it works. [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on May 28, 2008 -
The Dictionary of Coming to Terms with the Past (Wörterbuch der 'Vergangenheitsbewältigung'
) examines over 1,000 German words that have Nazi connotations, such as Endlösung
(Final Solution) and Selektion
, It is featured in a review
by der Spiegel. Such loaded words still constitute a minefield for Germans today, as the Archbishop of Cologne discovered
last year in a situation analogized
to Senator Biden's use of the term "articulate" when referring to Senator Obama. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Feb 17, 2008 -
"This year, in a gesture of humanitarian relief, the (Lake Superior State University Banished Words) committee restores "truthiness," banned on last year's list, to formal use. This comes after comedians and late-night hosts were thrown under the bus and rendered speechless by a nationwide professional writers' strike. The silence is deafening."
Of course, "(thrown) under the bus
"* is on this year's Banished List, along with "perfect storm
", "back in the day
", "x is the new y
", "give back
" and other seemingly "random
" words and phrases.
*One of the requirements for a Banished Word or Phrase is that it has been used as a title for a Blogspot or Typepad blog. [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Jan 1, 2008 -
"The old, mean man" vs. "The mean old man."
Here's an aspect of English (and other languages) I've never thought of before. If you're using a string of adjectives, there's a natural order for them to appear in: "opinion :: size :: age :: shape :: color :: origin :: material :: purpose". (Although I find "old, mean," due to it's strange order, sort of striking.) [more info: 1
posted by grumblebee
on May 19, 2007 -
posted by petsounds
on Feb 16, 2007 -
Pompous Ass Words
is a site dedicated to identifying words that shouldn't be used, on the grounds that doing so makes you sound like a pompous ass. With humorous citations and links to examples of pompous word usage by the media.
posted by amyms
on Jan 27, 2007 -
has come out, crossword puzzles have been on the rise. If you want to join in on the fun, read this primer
by Will Shortz to get started, then download Across Lite
, head to Cruciverb
, and do free puzzles in the right-hand sidebar. Will Johnston's page
contains a huge repository of Across Lite puzzles. If you get stuck, can't figure out why an entry is correct, or just want to chat about a grid's brilliant construction, try reading the crossword blogs. The best two are Diary of a Crossword Fiend
and Rex Parker Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle
. (Caution! Spoilers abound!) And, if you want to try your hand at constructing some crosswords of your own (submission guidelines for various papers here
), Crossword Compiler
is an outstanding piece of software. [Via this AskMetafilter question]
posted by painquale
on Jan 22, 2007 -
Truthiness Makes the Trifecta! As I predicted
, the Classic Colbertism
that won two Word of the Year awards has made it onto the 32nd L.S.S.U. List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness
Other linguistic losers for 2007: "Awesome"
, "undocumented alien*"
(effectively replaced by Google), "gone missing"
, "gone bad"
(applied to things already bad, i.e. 'drug deal gone bad'), "ask your doctor***"
, "now playing
(Dept. of Redundancy Dept.) and "healthy food"
is healthier), as well as shorthand couple names like "TomKat"
(Would Bogart and Bacall have been "BogCall"
(lucky for Apple they didn't get that 'iPhone' trademark), men saying "we're pregnant"
, as in 'boasts amenities'
posted by wendell
on Dec 31, 2006 -
social networking... for words. Catalog your favourite (or least favourite) words — make any variety of word lists, and connect to other users using the same words. Silly, but fun!
posted by Robot Johnny
on Nov 29, 2006 -
is a collaborative project to create a dictionary of all terms in all languages.
posted by anjamu
on Aug 11, 2006 -
(embedded Quicktime video.) Short animated film featuring little robots who make their own language using Rube Goldberg contraptions.
posted by jann
on Feb 17, 2006 -
Were you a minger
, sporting a mullet
, looking a bit naff
when you were getting mullered
while out on the pull
, anytime before 1988? Or were you posh
, looking snazzy
after spending your dosh
to get a nip and tuck
before 1980? If so, the Oxford English Dictionary and the BBC
need you for their Wordhunt
– a call to help find the earliest verifiable usages of a list of words
from the past decades whose origin is still uncertain.
posted by funambulist
on Jan 9, 2006 -
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"
posted by robbyrobs
on Dec 11, 2005 -
Charming and unexpected vocabulary from many languages.
Why did Persians need a word, alghunjar
, to express 'the feigned anger of a mistress'? Could there really have been that many insincere mistresses in Persia? Why does Russia need a word meaning, 'dealer in stolen cats'? Or 'someone with six fingers'? And who can resist the Chinese xiaoxiao
, meaning, 'the whistling and pattering of rain or wind'? "These are more than funny foreign vocabularies; they are tiny windows into the way other people live, and the obsessions that drive them." [via]
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Oct 2, 2005 -
Paul Murdoch Architects
were recently announced as winners of the Flight 93 memorial
. The design was called "Crescent of Embrace". The jury asked that the design team “Consider the interpretation and impact of words within the context of this event. The 'Crescent' should be referred to as the 'circle' or 'arc' or other words that are not tied to specific religious iconography." Remarks from the families can be found here. [I haven't posted the other links for obvious reasons].
I don't think we've heard the end of this.
posted by tellurian
on Sep 22, 2005 -
'Spare Don Watson, author of Death Sentences from all of these weasely, wishy-washy, and worst of all, ugly bits of management-speak that have drifted out of consulting sessions and into the social realm.' Forbes.com.....................
Your favourite spin doctoring ?
posted by johnny7
on Sep 6, 2005 -
A picture of English nouns
is a map of 33,000 English nouns. Each tiny rectangle corresponds to a noun. The color of the rectangle has been assigned a color, based on an internet image search for that noun. The words are clustered so that similar words are near each other. Gallery
. (Java required)
posted by jikel_morten
on Aug 14, 2005 -