The written word lasts longer than speech, at least in principle.

But what happens when a writing system is lost in the mist of history? Lost writing can be deciphered, but these scripts have resisted all attempts.

Linguist Daniel Midgley makes it clear on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

NoForbiddenQuestions raises the Talk Signal

— NoForbiddenQuestions (@NFQblog) May 18, 2015

The venereal game

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50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary

Wikipedia: List of English terms of venery, by animal,_by_animal

Oxford Dictionaries: What do you call a group of …?

Lehrer, 1986: English Classifier Constructions (PDF)

About waters and coffees: This countable/non-countabe thing is kind of recent.
Junichi Toyota: When the Mass Was Counted: English as Classifier and Non-Classifier Language (PDF)

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules

Women, Action, and the Media: Twitter’s Abuse Problem: Now With Actual Solutions And Science

Twitter’s new anti-harassment filter screens out online trolls and abuse

How Twitter’s New Abuse Filter Could Backfire

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

Arika Okrent: 7 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven’t Been Deciphered Yet

Omniglot: Undeciphered scripts

Old European / Vinča / Danube script

More about Vinča script

Wikipedia: Phaistos Disc

Huffington Post: Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient ‘Phaistos Disk’

Omniglot: Linear A

Ancient Scripts: Linear A

Omniglot: Linear B

Riddle of the script: how the world’s most fiendish language puzzle was solved

Why Girls Love The Dad Bod

The “Dad Bod” Is In At The Moment And We Couldn’t Be Happier About It

Give me an easy-going ‘dad bod’ any day

The Dadbod: Why beer guts are hotter than 6-packs

We need to talk about the Dad Bod

The Real Problem With The Dad Bod Trend

‘Dad Bod’ Is a Sexist Atrocity

Kristin Schaal on the Daily Show: ‘Dad Bod’

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