Here’s what’s happening on the baby names front: Fantasy fiction is taking over.
why do people have like 74973 different names for these
looking through the notes for this post is hilarious bc everyone has a different name they insist is the only one
Heads up, tumblinguists who are also redditors! Famous sociolinguist Walt Wolfram will be giving an AMA (“ask me anything”) next Wednesday! Spread the word!
No April Fool’s joke: Language Log on the rise of the emoji.
I like emoticons like “uwu” and “eue” because I can’t see them as faces so I just read them aloud as noises and associate that noise with the appropriate emotion and it makes me feel like people are doing little friendly birdcalls at each other.
me: [posts a funny status on facebook]
me: [posts the same thing on tumblr, but with no capitalization or punctuation and more swearwords]
So raise a glass to teenage girls for their linguistic innovation. It expands our expressive vocabulary, giving us new words and modes of expression. Speakers may nostalgically look to a previous golden era of English, but the truth is that Shakespeare’s English is an abomination of Chaucer’s English, which is an abomination of Beowolf’s. Language is inherently unstable. It’s in a constant state of flux, made and remade—stretched, altered, broken down and rearranged—by its speakers every day. Rather than a sign of corruption and disorder, this is language in its full vitality—a living, evolving organism.