Best of Language Blog Roundup 2013

December 27, 2013

Happy almost New Year! Yesterday we brought you our most popular posts of 2013. Today we’re bringing you the best of Language Blog Roundup with the our favorite language stories of the year. Bqhatevwr The year in language began with former Senator Scott Brown’s Twitter trouble when he responded, a bit hastily, to a troller, […]

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2013

December 26, 2013

We had lot of of fun this year writing about words and language. We wrote about thief words and sailor sayings. We discussed coupon lingo, weird taxes, and hacker slang. We examined words coined in the 1920s beyond the bees’ knees. We confessed to liking big back-formations and hit the shizzle with some Snoop Dog […]

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Language Blog Roundup: WOTY news, ’tis, shelfies

December 20, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. In word of the year news, Dictionary.com’s selection for 2013 is privacy; Geoff Nunberg, like Oxford Dictionaries, is going with selfie; and Collins Dictionary has chosen geek. Curious […]

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8 Words from Mark Twain

December 10, 2013

On this day in 1884, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time. In celebration we’ve rounded up eight words coined or popularized by the novel’s author, a guy you might know as Mark Twain. bicentennial “New Orleans intended to fittingly celebrate, this present year, the bicentennial anniversary of this illustrious event; but […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Nelson Mandela, all caps, dalek

December 6, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. We were saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement and served 27 years in prison for “sabotage and conspiracy to […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Doris Lessing, selfie, because

November 22, 2013

We were saddened by the passing of Doris Lessing. Don’t miss Margaret Atwood’s moving homage to the Nobel prize-winning author. It’s closing in on the end of the year, which means it’s word of the year time. The Oxford English Dictionary’s selection was selfie. However, Katherine Connor Martin at OUPBlog wasn’t satisfied with just one […]

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The Words of George Eliot

November 22, 2013

Mary Ann Evans, the English novelist who went by the pen name of George Eliot, was born on this day in 1819. A journalist and translator, Eliot was one of the leading writers of the Victorian Era and “used a male pen name. . .to ensure her works would be taken seriously” and “to escape […]

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