Is there a logophile on your holiday gift list? Give the best wordy presents ever with our 2015 Word Nerd Gift Guide.
Everyone loves a Chomsky Party, and even colorless green tea tastes better out of a Chomsky Party mug.
If your loved linguist didn’t choose the wug life, but the wug life chose them, let them show it with wug shirts. You can also help them have less stress in their life with a schwa t-shirt! Or you might want to liven up their vocabulary (terminology, lexicon, or phraseology) with a shirt featuring everyone’s favorite wordy dinosaur, the Thesaurus.
For lovers of American English, you can’t go wrong with a subscription to the online version of the Dictionary of American Regional English—and it’s 50% off through January 3rd!
Another gift that keeps giving all year long is a subscription to long-form popular linguistics writing mag SchwaFire: recent articles have covered ASL translation, Yiddish, and “accent tag” videos.
This year was a great one for language books. Some highlights included:
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris
A copy editor who has put in more than three decades at The New Yorker, Norris explains some of the most common problems with spelling, punctuation, and usage, drawing on examples not just from classic literature such as Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson, but from the likes of The Honeymooners and The Simpsons as well.
From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations, by Allan Metcalf
The latest from one of our favorite Chronicle of Higher Education writers and the author of OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word. From bobbysoxing Silents to whatever Gen X’ers, From Skedaddle explores the words that encapsulate and characterize whole generations.
The Art of Language Invention, by David J. Peterson
The creator of Dothraki? A history of constructed languages? ‘Nuff said.
Bullshit: A Lexicon, by Mark Peters
Also known as @wordlust, Peters has long been one of our favorite word nerds. His latest book delves into all the different ways of saying balderdash, hooey, and bunk.
And of course, our favorite gift: giving a favorite word at Wordnik!
The wug T-shirt is broken. It should have a lower half (or back side) showing several individuals of the wug persuasion with the caption “What are these?” Otherwise, how can you perform proper wug tests on people you meet?