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Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Anne passed me a little poetic performance Taylor Mali that belongs in our collection of linguistic ruminations. It is a careful reflection on the impotence of proofreading. Enjoy. »

wordcrimes

Logophile Tuesday – Word Crimes

Over the last couple weeks, my first and greatest musical love, Weird Al Yankovic released eight new videos to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Among them was Word Crimes, a delightful tour of linguistic pedantry. Share and enjoy. »

Thor is a Lady! Let’s Complain About It!

Thor is a Lady! Let’s Complain About It!

Marvel has announced that Thor is now going to be a lady. No no, hold on. Not that Thor. That’s still Chris Hemsworth. Let’s not get crazy. They’re just making the Thor of the comic books. You remember, right? Those colorful little picture filled things made of mashed trees? They’re changing that one into a lady person. While the cynic in me expects that this is just a mark... »

Logophile Tuesdays: Could you care less?

Logophile Tuesdays: Could you care less?

Language is a fluid and evolving thing with meaning and usage changing at the merciless whims of fashion, culture, and time. There are some words and phrases, though, that have mutated into hideous monstrosoties and should be culled from the collective consciousness. “Literally” has been abused so violently in big fish stories that it almost unusable for its original purpose. Once valu... »

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

English contains more words than is in any way necessary for clear and specific communication. The Oxford English Dictionary contains in excess of six hundred thousand words, and yet, we still seem to lack means of expressing some critical concepts in less than a sentence. English has had a rocky history and has been assaulted by as many languages as it has pillaged. Even now, as it attempts to co... »

Logophile Tuesday: A Skulk of Trolls

Logophile Tuesday: A Skulk of Trolls

I am a fan of the absurdities contained within the English language. Collective nouns, for example, are delightfully entertaining and almost entirely pointless. The serve nearly no linguistic use, and there is certainly no need to have a different one for every countable noun that might bother to gather in numbers exceeding two. Some favorites: An observance of hermits A mess of iguanas An exaltat... »

Today, I Solved the Internet

Today, I Solved the Internet

How many relationships have been damaged due to misinterpreted intentions over text? How many jovial musings mistaken for malicious trollings in comments? How much sincerity has been confused with sarcasm, and vice versa? Lots. Today, I stumbled upon a solution. The Elcor, an alien race from the Mass Effect series, are monotone. They express emotion through a variety of pheromones and body languag... »

Headshots from the Heart – Second Sequel

Headshots from the Heart – Second Sequel

Do you like games? Do you dislike running long distances? Are you, at least occasionally, a kind, compassionate, or decent human being? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you need to check out Headshots from the Heart this weekend. Headshots from the Heart is a charity event run by a group of passionate nerds that believe running slightly more than 26 miles is not the only way to raise ... »

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