Category: words of the year (page 1 of 2)

Episode 286: Lexical Appropriation (featuring Nicole Holliday)

Are some words off-limits?

Many of us are aware of cultural appropriation: using symbols and clothing that pertain to another culture without attribution. But how does this relate to language? Is it okay to use the slang that originates from other language communities? And what about descriptivism and letting language do its thing?

Daniel speaks with Nicole Holliday on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Malcolm Turnbull reveals tough new citizenship crackdown
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/speak-english-respect-our-values-malcolm-turnbulls-next-citizenship-crackdown-20170419-gvnq0y.html

PM defends tough citizenship English test
https://thewest.com.au/politics/pm-defends-tough-citizenship-english-test-ng-s-1713179

6 new requirements to acquire Australian citizenship
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/04/21/6-new-requirements-acquire-australian-citizenship

Joint Media Release with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister – Strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship
http://www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Strenghening-the-integrity-of-Australian-citizenship.aspx

There is one silver lining for Indians in Australia’s tough new citizenship rules: English skills
https://qz.com/966681/there-is-one-silver-lining-for-indians-in-australias-tough-new-citizenship-rules-english-skills/

English Language Bar for Australian Citizenship Likely to Further Disadvantage Refugees
https://theconversation.com/english-language-bar-for-citizenship-likely-to-further-disadvantage-refugees-76520

Henry Sherrell: English language testing and the exclusion of Australian citizenship
https://henrysherrell.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/english-language-testing-and-the-exclusion-of-australian-citizenship/

Nicole Holliday: When is lexical innovation cultural appropriation?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/04/cultural-appropriation-lexical-innovation/

Golden Pig, Coffin Man and Noodles: When Asian tattoos don’t turn out quite as planned
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190806/Golden-Pig-Coffin-Man-Noodles-When-Asian-tattoos-dont-turn-quite-planned.html

Manipulation, abuse, deceit: How I learnt about ‘stealthing’ from a Tinder date
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/manipulation-abuse-deceitl-how-i-learnt-about-stealthing/8480696

Man Convicted of Rape After Removing Condom During Sex Without Consent
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/man-convicted-of-rape-after-removing-condom-during-sex-without-consent

‘Rape-Adjacent’: Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom Removal
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2954726

Boris Johnson attacks ‘mutton-headed mugwump’ Jeremy Corbyn
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris-johnson/news/85431/boris-johnson-attacks-mutton

Wiktionary: mugwump
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mugwump

Online Etymology Dictionary: mugwump
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=mugwump&allowed_in_frame=1


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Episode 271: Words of the Year 2016

Was 2016 a dumpster fire 🗑🔥? Or was it just fire 🔥?

It’s time to look back at the words that defined our time, enlivened our speech, and zeited our geist in the previous year.

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are staying woke on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Sussex University to use gender neutral pronouns as students request greater respect for transgender
http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/sussex-university-gender-neutral-pronouns-transgender-lgbt-rights-brighton-sexuality-politics-a7505671.html

BANSGENDER Students’ union asks members not to use ‘he’ or ‘she’ without asking first as they don’t want to assume gender
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2510504/students-ban-using-offensive-he-and-she-pronouns-in-meetings-and-emails-as-they-dont-want-to-assume-gender/

Student union asks members to use ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ and ‘she’- because they ‘don’t want to make assumptions about gender’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4079694/Student-union-bans-use-don-t-want-make-assumptions-gender.html

Oxford University students ‘told to use gender neutral pronoun ze’
http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/oxford-university-students-gender-neutral-pronouns-peter-tatchell-student-union-ze-xe-a7470196.html

Oxford student union denies telling students to use gender-neutral pronoun
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/dec/13/oxford-student-union-denies-telling-students-to-use-gender-neutral-pronoun

No, Oxford University isn’t ‘banning’ the use of Mr and Mrs prefixes
http://thetab.com/uk/2016/12/19/no-oxford-university-isnt-banning-using-mr-mrs-prefixes-28595

Fear of New Pronouns (U Tenn)
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/08/u-tennessee-withdraws-guide-pronouns-preferred-some-transgender-people

You can be fined for not calling people ‘ze’ or ‘hir,’ if that’s the pronoun they demand that you use
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/05/17/you-can-be-fined-for-not-calling-people-ze-or-hir-if-thats-the-pronoun-they-demand-that-you-use/

U of T professor’s stand against genderless pronouns draws fire
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/u-of-t-professors-stand-against-genderless-pronouns-draws-fire/article32303037/

U of T professor attacks political correctness, says he refuses to use genderless pronouns
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/u-of-t-professor-attacks-political-correctness-in-video-refuses-to-use-genderless-pronouns

University of Michigan Professors Will Face Disciplinary Action for Ignoring ‘Preferred Pronouns’
http://heatst.com/culture-wars/university-of-michigan-professors-will-face-disciplinary-action-for-ignoring-preferred-pronouns/

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016

M-W: Word of the Year 2016: Surreal
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/word-of-the-year-2016

Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia
http://blog.dictionary.com/xenophobia/

Top 10 Collins Words of the Year 2016: Brexit
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/word-lovers-blog/new/top-10-collins-words-of-the-year-2016,323,HCB.html

Democracy sausage snags Word of the Year as smashed avo, shoey lose out
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-14/democracy-sausage-snags-word-of-the-year/8117684

2016 Word of the Year is dumpster fire, as voted by American Dialect Society (Press release)
http://www.americandialect.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-Word-of-the-Year-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf

“Dumpster fire” is 2016 American Dialect Society word of the year
http://www.americandialect.org/dumpster-fire-is-2016-american-dialect-society-word-of-the-year

How ‘Dumpster Fire’ Became 2016’s Word of the Year
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/word-of-year-dumpster-fire/

The American Dialect Society’s word of the year is “dumpster fire”
https://qz.com/880501/2016s-word-of-the-year-is-dumpster-fire-beating-out-post-truth-deplorables-cuck-woke-and-slay-for-the-american-dialect-societys-title/

Dumpster Fire Is 2016’s Word Of The Year Because Even Linguists Are Over It
http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/135191/dumpster-fire-word-of-the-year-2016-american-dialect-society

‘Dumpster Fire’ Is the American Dialect Society’s 2016 Word of the Year
http://time.com/4627056/dumpster-fire-2016-word-of-the-year/

It’s official — the 2016 US Word of the Year is ‘Dumpster fire’
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/2016-word-of-the-year-is-dumpster-fire-2017-1

How Old Is ‘Gaslighting’?
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/12/how-old-is-gaslight/

10 Things I’ve Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/08/things-wish-known-gaslighting/

This Millennial Rant Deserves A Trophy For Being Most Wrong
http://www.cracked.com/blog/that-anti-millennial-rant-bs-cracked-destroys-meme/

Who You Calling ‘Snowflake’?
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2016/12/04/who-you-calling-snowflake/

The myth of millennial entitlement was created to hide their parents’ mistakes
https://qz.com/720456/the-myth-of-millennial-entitlement-was-created-to-hide-their-parents-mistakes/

How ‘woke’ went from black activist watchword to teen internet slang
http://fusion.net/story/252567/stay-woke/

The term ‘fake news’ is quickly losing meaning in the Trump era
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-term-fake-news-is-quickly-losing-meaning-in-the-trump-era/article33617746/

Will ‘Kompromat’ Make It into the Dictionary?
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/what-does-kompromat-mean

Report alleges Donald Trump paid for ‘golden showers’ in Russia and Twitter cannot contain itself
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/social/report-alleges-donald-trump-paid-for-golden-showers-in-russia-and-twitter-cannot-contain-itself-20170111-gtpcw7.html

#GoldenShowers Trends on Twitter Following Unverified Trump Intel Dump
http://www.mediaite.com/online/goldenshowers-trends-on-twitter-following-unverified-trump-intel-dump/

The Word of the Year for 2016 Isn’t a Word. It’s a Number.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/12/14/_2016_s_word_of_the_year_isn_t_a_word_it_s_a_number.html

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38621697


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Episode 270: Post-Truth

Oxford Dictionaries has named its Word of the Year, and it’s post-truth.

Are we in a post-truth world? If you’re in the reality-based community, are you obsolete? Or do facts still matter?

We’ll also reveal what word is the winner for our Word of the Year on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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‘Post-truth’ named 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/16/post-truth-named-2016-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries/?utm_term=.db7c0b7c7220

Why We’re Post-Fact
https://granta.com/why-were-post-fact/

The man who studies the spread of ignorance
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160105-the-man-who-studies-the-spread-of-ignorance

Trump’s lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy.
https://thinkprogress.org/when-everything-is-a-lie-power-is-the-only-truth-1e641751d150#.xn6j8bo1m

Dan Rather, on why truth matters
https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10157810937485716

Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/16/facebook-bias-bubble-us-election-conservative-liberal-news-feed

Zuckerberg Says He’ll Take Steps to Solve Facebook Fake News
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-19/zuckerberg-says-he-ll-take-steps-to-solve-facebook-fake-news

Facebook and Google to stop ads from appearing on fake news sites
http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/15/technology/facebook-google-fake-news-presidential-election/

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax
https://theconversation.com/six-easy-ways-to-tell-if-that-viral-story-is-a-hoax-47673

Did racism Trump economic anxiety in the US election? @mehdirhasan’s Reality Check.
https://twitter.com/AJUpFront/status/802248756905115648/video/1

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/28/the-latte-libel-is-a-brilliant-strategy-the-left-cannot-counter-it-with-facts-alone

These Are The Most Searched Words Since Donald Trump Was Elected
https://www.good.is/articles/trump-election-most-searched-words

Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia
http://blog.dictionary.com/xenophobia/


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Episode 230: End-of-Year Wrap-Up

It’s the last show of the year, and we’ve got Daniel, Ben, and Kylie live in the studio.

We’re discussing everything from punctuation in texting, to YouTube voice. And we unveil our Word of the Year.

All on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Study confirms that ending your texts with a period is terrible
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/12/08/study-confirms-that-ending-your-texts-with-a-period-is-terrible/

Science continues its war on grammar, says ending texts with a period is bad
http://www.avclub.com/article/science-continues-its-war-grammar-says-ending-text-229604

Some Reddit users cannot stand the ‘thumbs-up’ emoji.
https://www.reddit.com/r/CasualConversation/comments/30wlpq/i_cannot_stand_that_thumb_up_sign_that_many/

Don’t commit these subliminal text messaging faux pas
http://bgr.com/2015/12/09/iphone-android-texting-etiquette/

The Linguistics of ‘YouTube Voice’
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/12/the-linguistics-of-youtube-voice/418962/

Hank Green: “Stop Embarrassing Yourself”
https://youtu.be/nIvrDsnKuQ8

Paris climate deal: The word that almost brought down a global agreement
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-13/the-word-that-almost-brought-down-the-paris-climate-accord/7024142

The one word that almost sank the climate talks
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/paris-climate-talks-tic-toc-216721

Language tiff nearly derailed world heritage designations for Japan
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Language-tiff-nearly-derailed-world-heritage-designations-for-Japan

In Contracts, One Word Makes All the Difference
http://constructionlawva.com/contracts-one-word-makes-all-difference/


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Episode 227: Are Emoji Words?

Can an emoji be a word?

Oxford Dictionaries thinks so — they chose one as their Word of the Year. And this has language purists fuming. But what exactly is a word?

Linguist Daniel Midgley explains on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Linguistics Roadshow: Dialect Maps!
http://lingroadshow.com/resources/englishes-in-australia/vocabulary/mapping-words-around-australia/

Optus removes Arabic ads from shopping centre after alleged threat to staff
http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/optus-removes-arabic-ads-from-shopping-centre-after-alleged-threat-to-staff-20151116-gl0njn.html

This Phone Company Had To Explain What Islam Was To Angry Customers
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/optus-had-to-take-down-its-arabic-posters-after-people-kept#.siJ8qAKp4

Islamophobia in US: The Arabic language
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/237556-islamophobia-in-us-the-arabic-language

Philly Passengers Pulled off Flight for Speaking Arabic
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Philly-Pizza-Shop-Owner-Profiled-Southwest-Airlines-351944441.html

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/forget-french-and-mandarin-arabic-is-the-language-to-learn-10382690.html

Arabic is fastest-growing language at U.S. colleges (2010)
http://www.thegazette.com/2010/03/25/arabic-is-fastest-growing-language-at-u-s-colleges

Commentary: Teach Arabic in public schools
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-arabic-language-public-schools-perspec-0406-20150403-story.html

Teaching Arabic is no cause for fear
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/10/navarrette.arabic.curriculum/

Alabama: Residents Fear Teaching Arabic To Students Is A Threat To Christianity
http://www.loonwatch.com/2013/10/alabama-residents-fear-teaching-arabic-to-students-is-a-threat-to-christianity/

Here’s an interesting account of what it was like for British Navy soldiers to be learning Russian in the 1950s.
http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/25314/2/Centaur_russia.pdf

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is… 😂
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 17, 2015

Oxford Dictionaries Chooses ‘Pictograph’ as Word of the Year
http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oxford-dictionaries-chooses-pictograph-as-word-of-the-year/225933/

Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is an emoji, and that is awesome
http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/oxford-dictionarys-word-of-the-year-not-only-reflects-the-current-linguistic-landscape-but-also-the-times-in-which-we-live

Emoji versus the rest
http://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/nCilLJGgCT0A7hT8rjt7rO/Emoji-versus-the-rest.html

Scholarly reflections on ’emoji’
http://blog.oup.com/2015/11/scholarly-reflections-on-emoji-word-of-the-year/

Are Emojis Words? Science And Language Experts Explain.
http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2015/11/20/3724423/an-emoji-investigation/

An emoji was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and people want to leave planet Earth
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12000092/An-emoji-was-named-the-Oxford-Dictionaries-Word-of-the-Year-and-people-want-to-leave-planet-Earth.html

Oxford’s Word of the Year…isn’t a word
http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/offbeat/2015/11/17/oxford-s-word-of-the-year—isn-t-a-word.html

Vyv Evans – Signs of our times: why emoji can be even more powerful than words
https://theconversation.com/signs-of-our-times-why-emoji-can-be-even-more-powerful-than-words-50893

Google: word definition
https://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=word+definition&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ho5KVvWwJqLu8wfomYGQCw&gws_rd=cr

Over time, words in English have had a tendency to compound.

phonological word
http://grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/Phonological-Word.htm

emojitracker.com
http://emojitracker.com

Urban Dictionary: Nyorn
NOTE the downvotes! People hate this definition, so it’s probably wrong. But also note the connection to Aboriginal English.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nyorn&defid=7088728

Nyorn dard
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120821023225AAfkSRn


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Episode 191: Ape Accents

Do apes have accents?

A recent news story claims that chimps learn a “new language” when they move in with other chimps. What’s behind the story? And what exactly are our fellow primates capable of, language wise?

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes ape on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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One Man’s Quest to Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake
https://medium.com/backchannel/meet-the-ultimate-wikignome-10508842caad

Why Wikipedia’s grammar vigilante is wrong
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/05/why-wikipedias-grammar-vigilante-is-wrong

Language Log: Can 50,000 Wikipedia edits be wrong?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17636

Language Log: More on the history of comprised of meaning “composed of”
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3182

Giraffedata’s manifesto is comprised entirely of misconceptions about how language works.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Giraffedata/comprised_of#Wikipedia_policy

That’s So Gay: Google Fixes Gay Slurs
http://americanlivewire.com/2015-01-28-thats-gay-google-fixes-gay-slurs/

Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into ‘faggot’, ‘poof’, ‘queen’
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/28/google_gay_translation_fail/

Google Fixes Homophobic “Bug” in its Translator
http://www.dailytech.com/Google+Fixes+Homophobic+Bug+in+its+Translator/article37108c.htm

Etymology of <i>camp</i>
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=camp&allowed_in_frame=0

CBBC: “Chimps develop Scottish accents”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/31161049

ABC Science: “Chimps have own ‘dialects’ but can learn others”
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/02/06/4175466.htm?site=science&topic=latest

NBC: “Chimps Learn New Language When They Change Locale”
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/chimps-learn-new-language-when-they-change-locale-n300776

The actual paper
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)01635-2

Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate’s Foraging Decisions
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6131/483

Chimpanzee grunts mean more than you think
http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/6/7985327/chimpanzee-grunts-mean-more-than-you-think

LA Times: “Chimps learn each other’s grunts, but is it language?”
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-is-human-language-chimp-grunt-20150204-story.html

ABC Science: Chimps ‘talk’ about favourite fruits, best trees
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/01/20/4165321.htm

First example of whispering observed in non-human primates
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/first-example-of-whispering-observed-in-nonhuman-primates-8836601.html

Actual paper: Whisper-like behavior in a non-human primate
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/zoo.21099/abstract

Primate call gives clues to human speech origins
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22067192

Rare primate’s vocal lip-smacks share features of human speech
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/cp-rpv040313.php

Gelada lip smacks and wobbles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtcNucxiMg

Terrible headline from ScienceAlert: “A wild-born orangutan has learned to communicate like a human”
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-wild-born-orangutan-has-learned-to-communicate-like-a-human

YouTube video of Tilda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6kiA3KCf5k

Orangutans Plan Their Trips Like Humans, Tell Others Their Future Travel Routes
http://www.ibtimes.com/orangutans-plan-their-trips-humans-tell-others-their-future-travel-routes-1404478

<i>Mansplain</i> chosen as Macquarie Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-05/mansplain-macquarie-dictionary-2014-word-of-year/6073620

Here’s the Big List (PDF):
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/media2/feature_documents/MacquarieWOTY_WordList_2014_2.pdf

“Linguists aren’t language nazis. We’re language hippies.”
http://www.slideshare.net/Jayelem/so-you-know-a-linguist

Ben Harris-Roxas ‏@ben_hr: This perfectly sums up the spill and the coverage of it for me
https://twitter.com/ben_hr/status/563580390942580736/photo/1


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Episode 189: Words of the Year 2014

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for our Word of the Year round-up.

What words tripped on our tongues, tickled our ears, and zeited our geist in 2014?

Linguist Daniel Midgley can’t even on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

What about Words of the Year in other languages?
http://www.metafilter.com/146219/Words-of-the-Year-of-the-World
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61119/13-words-year-other-countries

Firstable
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/yes-firstable

Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/13/oxford-junior-dictionary-replacement-natural-words

Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary
http://www.themarysue.com/oxford-junior-dictionary-letter/

Removal Of Nature Words From Children’s Dictionary Sparks Outrage
http://io9.com/removal-of-nature-words-from-childrens-dictionary-spark-1679420156

I think they’re engaging in the Appeal to Nature fallacy
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_nature

Other fallacies on the PBS Idea Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qb-h0sXkH4

Your logical fallacy is…
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

Daniel Dennett on how to argue well
http://boingboing.net/2013/05/22/daniel-dennet-on-how-to-argue.html

Alan Metcalfe announces the WotY voting in the Chronicle of Higher Education
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/01/08/d-day-for-woty/

The hashtag was #woty14
https://twitter.com/hashtag/woty14?src=hash

The nominations
http://www.americandialect.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-WOTY-nominations.pdf

Die-in looked like a favourite, and it didn’t even make the list.
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373319644/die-in-vortex-selfie-stick-whats-the-word-of-2014

NYT: At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/style/at-the-super-bowl-of-linguistics-may-the-best-word-win.html

The winners!
http://www.americandialect.org/2014-word-of-the-year-is-blacklivesmatter

I Can’t Even
http://youtu.be/8ruJBKFrRCk

The Baest Bae to Ever Bae: Bae Isn’t Just a Noun Anymore
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/01/22/that_s_so_bae_not_just_a_noun_anymore_here_s_how_bae_gets_used_as_a_verb.html

Ben Zimmer, on ‘salty’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-salty-word-with-a-promising-future-1421427784

‘Man-spreaders’
http://time.com/3595497/man-spreaders-men-legs-new-york-subway/

Ophelia Benson: Subway manspreaders told to close their legs
http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/12/subway-manspreaders-told-to-close-their-legs/

How Not to Be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings
http://time.com/3666135/sheryl-sandberg-talking-while-female-manterruptions/

Having “the Talk” #blacklivesmatter
http://www.cagle.com/2013/07/the-talk/

Was the ADS vote too American for you? Voting is still open for the Macquarie Word of the Year.
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/news/view/article/216/
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23macqwoty&src=typd

List of Words of the Year

Nancy Friedman
http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2014/12/words-of-the-year-2014-fritinancy-edition.html

Guardian writers
http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/dec/23/2014-have-a-word-with-yourself

Grant Barrett, Dallas Morning News
http://ht.ly/GFCnY

My picks:

Sea-lioning
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning

The original sea lion strip from Wondermark
http://wondermark.com/1k62/

Epicaricacy
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-epi3.htm


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Episode 186: No Puns in China

China’s media office is cracking down on puns.

And not because they’re terrible — they claim that wordplay is confusing, and damaging to cultural heritage. But is this just an attempt to control dissent?

By the way, how many characters should there be in a Chinese tweet?

Linguist Daniel Midgley checks it out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with James Hall


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Utmost
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=utmost

Lake Superior State University’s list of banned words
http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php

Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?
http://time.com/3576870/worst-words-poll-2014/

About half the world’s languages use tone instead of stress.
http://books.google.com.au/book

Here’s ‘ma’ in all four tones.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ZDrmP-N1s

Coca-Cola: The real story behind “Bite the wax tadpole”
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/history/2008/03/bite-the-wax-ta.html

Chinese puns: There are a lot to choose from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophonic_puns_in_Mandarin_Chinese#Political_criticism

Guardian: China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/28/china-media-watchdog-bans-wordplay-puns

Punning banned in China
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=16011

This goes way back. ‘To evade censors, bloggers have referred to the dissident artist Ai Weiwei by using the Chinese characters for “love the future,” a rough homonym of his name.’
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/asia/china-cracks-down-on-its-cagey-web-critics.html?_r=0

Ladies and gentlemen: the Grass Mud Horse, a Chinese meme
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_Mud_Horse

Deng Xiaoping
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/17/world/privately-more-and-more-chinese-say-it-s-past-time-for-deng-to-go.html

Let’s not forget Liu Xiaobo
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2699

Slow Down! Why Some Languages Sound So Fast
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2091477,00.html

Regardless of language, people give information at about the same rate. (PDF)
http://www.ddl.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/fulltext/pellegrino/Pellegrino_to%20appear_Language.pdf

140 Characters On Chinese Twitter Is More Like 500 Characters On Twitter.com
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/140-characters-on-chinese-twitter-is-more-like-500-characters-on-twitter-com_b11951

“Chinese words tend to be short on average—only 1.5 characters per word, compared with 5.1 letters per word for English.”
http://persquaremile.com/2011/12/21/which-reads-faster-chinese-or-english/

How much can one express in 140 characters? Comparison between English and other languages like Chinese
http://people.oii.ox.ac.uk/hanteng/2013/04/16/how-much-can-one-express-in-140-characters-comparison-between-english-and-other-languages-like-chinese/

How ‘Neurosexism’ Feeds Stereotypes About Male and Female Brains
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-neurosexism-feeds-stereotypes-about-mens-and-womens-brains


Show tunes

‘Miss China’ by Machine Translations
from the album Wolf on a String
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‘Brain in a Bottle’ by Thom Yorke
from the album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Vimeo link


If you like the graphic of the Grass Mud Horse and the River Crab, you can buy a copy here on Jessie Wong’s website.

Episode 185: Listener Questions

We get questions from our many listeners. And we have answers.

Do the languages of the world form a continuous chain? And isn’t it possible that language influences thought by the words we use?

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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A team from Stanford has made improvements on the ‘image description’ task.
http://cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/deepimagesent/

A gentle introduction
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/science/researchers-announce-breakthrough-in-content-recognition-software.html?_r=0

Facebook currently employs 100,000 people in the Philippines to detect and delete porn and beheadings.
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/content-moderation/

There are discontinuities in the world language chain. See them here:
http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/linguistic-geography/world-maps-of-language-families/attachment/wikipedia-language-families-world-map

What is a Sprachbund?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprachbund

Gleaned from here:
https://linguistics.osu.edu/research/pubs/lang-files

Oxford’s word of the year: Vape
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/11/oxford-dictionaries-word-year-vape/

Watchwords: ‘Vaping’ is a word that’s likely to last
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/watchwords-vaping-is-a-word-thats-likely-to-last


Show tunes

‘Photo Jenny’ by Belle and Sebastian
from the album Lazy Line Painter Jane

‘My Little Japanese Cigarette Case’ by Spoon
from the album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

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Episode 147: Words of the Year 2013 (featuring Ben Zimmer)

It’s time to look at the words that made the news last year.

Forget twerking, and stop taking selfies, because this year’s winner was truly momentous.

There’s even someone special to take us through it: Ben Zimmer of the American Dialect Society talks to our resident linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with James Hall


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Here are all the words:
http://www.americandialect.org/because-is-the-2013-word-of-the-year

Because was the clear winner.
http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/08/the-absolute-final-last-word-of-the-year-because/

Feel like sitting in on the voting? Here’s the video of all the shenanigans at the American Dialect Society.

Catch up with Ben Zimmer
http://benzimmer.com

Tyler Schnoebelen of Idibon determines the value of X for ‘because X’ tweets.
http://idibon.com/innovating-innovation/

Twerk should be in the dictionary.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/09/04/twerk_definition_of_course_it_s_a_real_word_and_of_course_it_should_be_in.html

Selfie was huge, too.
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/19/selfie-australian-slang-term-named-international-word-year

The Selfie Olympics
https://imgur.com/a/deovZ?gallery

Catfish
http://www.capthemagazine.com/catfish/

Such doge. Wow.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/31/5248762/doge-meme-rescue-dog-wow

The schmefix
http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/003104.html/

The Internet K-Hole
http://internetkhole.blogspot.com.au


Show tunes

‘Cause = Time’ by Broken Social Scene
from the album You Forgot It in People

‘Do the Dog’ by the Specials
from the album The Specials

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