Tagged with “words” (35)

  1. John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

    How did bad come to mean good? Why is Shakespeare so hard to understand? Is there anything good about "like" and "you know?" Author and professor John McWhorter of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the unplanned ways that English speakers create English, an example of emergent order. Topics discussed include how words get short (but not too short), the demand for vividness in language, and why Shakespeare is so hard to understand.

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  2. Why we all need a little respect for the word ‘moist’ | Public Radio International

    It works so hard, for so little recognition.


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  3. Longform Podcast #189: Maciej Ceglowski

    Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words.“My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it’s unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. I like the idea of things on the web being persistent. And more basically, I reject this idea that everything has to be on a really short time scale just because it involves technology. We’ve had these computers around for a while now. It’s time we start treating them like everything else in our lives, where it kind of lives on the same time scale that we do and doesn’t completely fall off the end of the world every three or four years.”Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, and Casper, and MIT Press for sponsoring this week’s episode.


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  4. 16. Little Tiny Words with Dr Lynne Murphy - The OdditoriumThe Odditorium

    Dr Lynne Murphy celebrates those little tiny words that glue our lives together and make our language work. It is about learning to love those words, about treasuring them and keeping them safe. It is about appreciating those little things in life and one little word particular that I haven’t used in this post.

    Any guesses what it might be?

    Lynne Murphy is a Reader in Linguistics at University of Sussex.

    Twitter @lynneguist

    Blog  http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com


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  5. Allusionist 7: Mountweazel

    You’d think you could trust dictionaries, but it turns out, they are riddled with LIES.

    Delivering this upsetting news is Eley Williams, who is just finishing up her PhD about mountweazels, esquivalience and other hoax words that lexicographers have snuck into dictionaries.


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  6. Reply All 14: The Art of Making and Fixing Mistakes

    A social media mistake for the record books, and a quiet saint of Wikipedia.


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  7. Allusionist 6: The Writing on the Wall

    Those words on museum walls that you can’t be bothered to read? They’re more important than you think…

    Exhibition-maker Rachel Souhami tells us why.


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  8. The Food Chain: Eat My Words!

    How much does the way food is described influence what we eat? Superstar apple breeder David Bedford tells us why he spends up to nine months finding the perfect name for his new creations. Can words be too enticing? We hear the story of the humble Patagonian toothfish, whose re-branding success story nearly led to its extinction. President of the Gourmand World Cookbook awards Edouard Cointreau takes us on a tour of the seemingly insatiable global market for cookbooks. But has our love for writing about food gone too far? Language specialist Steven Poole tells presenter Angela Saini why some restaurant menu jargon infuriates him. Plus food writer Fuschia Dunlop shares her reflections on Chinese menus that attract diners with such adjectives as ‘slimy’, ‘gristly’ and ‘glutinous’.


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  9. It’s possible to translate the untranslatable — if you have enough time

    Some words, we often say, just can’t be translated into another language. Michael Wood, one of the editors of the "Dictionary of Untranslatables," says that’s just not true — you can translate anything. But even "untranslatable" itself is a word with many meanings.


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  10. Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests : Shots - Health News : NPR

    When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.



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