It’s time to return to our mailbag and answer some questions.
Is the translating earpiece a thing? Is thing a thing? What about New Zealand English? And is it sexist to say guys?
Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Pilot Bluetooth earpiece crowdfunds the dream of universal, instant language translation
Could Two People Use Real-Time Translation to Fall in Love?
Ben Yagoda: I Guess ‘It’s a Thing’
Is That Even a Thing?
Language Log: When did “a thing” become a thing?
Proto-beat-poetry from 1900! It’s the latest thing!
Google Books link
New Zealand Accent Tip | Accents with Amy
Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Story: Speech and accent
New Zealand English: “not an accent; it is a disease.”
#WordsAtWork: David Morrison wants Australians to stop saying gender-based terms like ‘guys’
Hey guys: Oxford, Macquarie dictionary experts say using ‘guys’ is not sexist
‘Gents’, ‘Fellas’, ‘Boys’ – How Language Is Telling Women They Don’t Belong
Hey You Guys, Does Being Called ‘You Guys’ Bother You?
Online Etymology Dictionary: guy
How a Country’s Land Shapes Its Language
Children can go through a silent period as a result of sudden exposure to a new language
Language, Culture, and Adaptation in Immigrant Children
What parents want to know about bilingualism
Does it disturb anyone else that “The Los Angeles Angels” baseball team translates directly to “The The Angels Angels”?
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 11, 2012
Etymologically Redundant Expressions
Redundant Phrases – Pleonasms
Why is digitize so often seen in British English? Here’s digitise and digitize from the British section of the Google Ngram Corpus.
And here’s acclimatis* and acclimatiz*.
Crosswords in other languages? Why, yes!
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.