Jason Zhou

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App helps preserve endangered Indigenous language

Linguists working on the project estimate that less than a hundred people in the Daly River region can speak the Marrithiyel language.<p>They're hoping …

Is Twitter Bad For Language? Statistical Analysis Says No (NEW BOOK)

<i>The following is an excerpt from Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking by Christian Rudder. Rudder is a co-founder of OkCupid, and the operator of OkTrends, a blog that analyzes data culled from the site. The below essay analyzes whether Twitter's word count restriction is shrinking</i> …

Who will teach our* languages?

Northern Territory governments of both persuasions have long persisted in white-anting the <i>maintenance</i> of strong Australian** languages afforded by …

We are helping extremists win the propaganda war in Syria and Iraq

The West appears so far to be losing the public relations battle against the extremist ideologists operating in Iraq and Syria. Our politicians, …

Why teachers can’t use ‘boys and girls’

According to independent news website Nebraska Watchdog, the teachers were last week given a training document asking them to refrain from using …

Aldi, what’s wrong with the word ‘slut’?

In Australia Aldi has taken Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes off the shelves for its injudicious use of the word “slut” (which is to say, Dahl used the word at all). I know what you’re thinking: how come their Aldi sells Roald Dahl? My one only has Haribos and frozen vegetables.<p>However, the much more …

Tony Abbott intensifies rhetoric about Isis, calling it an 'apocalyptic death cult'

Tony Abbott has intensified his rhetoric about the threat posed by Islamic State (Isis), describing the group as an “apocalyptic death cult” whose aim is “to have heads on stakes”.<p>The prime minister’s comments during a Liberal-National Coalition meeting in Canberra on Tuesday came amid expectations …

EngLangBlog

Revision round-up 4: reading that works<p>You've still got over 2 weeks before you sit Paper 2 so there's still time to do some reading. In the last …

Mind your language

The editors of the Guardian style guide write about language usage and abusage<p>A Guardian copy editor unpacks the central grammatical flaw in the first lady’s new campaign. Is this [the] best the White House can do?<p>Published: 3:32 PM<p>Dialects that blend, bend and offend the rigid rules of traditional …

From Facebook to Twitter: why advertisers love euphemism

When is an ad not an ad? Social media can use 'special offer', 'sponsor' and 'promoted tweet' all they like, but we all know they're trying to make money<p>When is an ad not an ad? When it's a "suggested" post, or a "promoted" tweet, or a "special offer" beamed to your e-reader. Today's giant tech …

Ish and shoot as euphemisms not as versatile as the swear words they replace

Last week, I wrote about how -<i>ish</i>—as in <i>I'm hungy-ish</i>—has evolved from a lowly suffix into an independent, freestanding word—as in <i>Are you hungry?</i> …

'Indefinite Idling,' 'Redirected,' And 46 Other Euphemisms We Use In Place Of 'Fired'

For the " 1984 " author, euphemism was a method by which powerful people cloaked violent acts. The more vaguely you described something violent, the less awful the violence sounds.<p>That trend has carried over to corporate America and Silicon Valley , where CEOs and HR departments invent all sorts of …

'Going to Switzerland' for Assisted Suicide Is Getting So Popular It's Become a Euphemism

"Suicide tourism" in Switzerland doubled between 2009 and 2012—a rise that may affect legislation in other countries.<p>For a fee, anyone with an terminal or unendurable illness can utilize the services of Dignitas, a Swiss organization that's helped more than 1,100 people from across the planet …

'Going to Switzerland' Is a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide

More and more foreigners are visiting the country's right-to-die organizations, a new study says.<p>In the United States, “aid-in-dying” as some advocates call it, is legal in New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana. But the conditions under which a physician can help someone die are …

Menendez on Russia in Ukraine: Use whatever euphemism you want, to me it's an invasion

<b>(CNN)</b> – President Obama announced Friday that a core coalition - formed on the sidelines of this week's NATO summit - would take on militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, or ISIL.<p>"That coalition needs to bring to bear the same resources we have brought to bear so far, both …

Is Aussie slang dying out?

From “fair dinkum” to advancing fair, Australia is on an interesting linguistic journey. Once known on a global scale for skulling a tinny in the arvo and having no dramas because she’ll be right, Australia’s lexicon, it appears, is changing.<p>Tony Thorne, editor of the recently released Dictionary …

Strewth! Aussie lingo is dying off

Experts say as Australia becomes more global, successful and cosmopolitan, the country is losing its unique expressions, creating fewer new ones and …

Aussie slang is as diverse as Australia itself

I recently read an article bemoaning the “decline” of Australian slang, pointing out that the latest edition of Tony Thorne’s <i>Dictionary of</i> …

Limp language masks a tough budget

<b>The budget speech could have been open about the need to break promises, but instead it evaded the issue through soft euphemism and weasel words,</b> …

Shorten's rhetorical rampage fails to convince

<b>Bill Shorten's budget reply was soft on argument but full of extreme adjectives. If he can tone down the rhetoric he may truly find a voice worthy of</b> …

The revealing language of a cut-and-axe leader

<b>Prime Minister Tony Abbott might have more verbal clarity than his immediate predecessors, but he too could find his language coming back to bite him</b> …

Neighbours adds first Indigenous actor, Meyne Wyatt, to main cast

Soap opera Neighbours is to add an Indigenous actor to its main cast for the first time in its 29-year history.<p>Meyne Wyatt will debut on the show in the episode shown in Australia on 13 August as Nate Kinski. His character has a link to Ramsay Street mainstay Susan Kennedy, who was married to …

Scrapbook

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DCblog

Shakespeare's Words version 3.0 launches today<p>The better the day, the better the deed, as Shakespeare didn't say. But for everything he did say Ben …

i love english language

Posted in Uncategorized by aggslanguage on February 1, 2012<p>Posted in Uncategorized by aggslanguage on January 22, 2012<p>By JOHN McWHORTERPublished: …

Separated by a Common Language

Jul 19, 2018<p>Hello from the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, or #ISLE5, as all the cool kids are tweeting …

Superlinguo

In December 2017 I assembled some of my favourite linguists at the Australian Linguistics Society annual conference to talk about popularising …

Mongrel Nation

It’s our own strain of strine, habib<br>Published: March 9, 2009 – 1:28PM<br>You know you’ve arrived as a community in Australia when the lexicographers …