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’?

By taking a Roald Dahl book that contained the term off its shelves the supermarket is bowing to a taboo that should not exist<p>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 …

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

Prime minister’s comments came amid expectations of imminent decision to send Australian military personnel into Iraq<p>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 …

EngLangBlog

Why language is a mirror of our times<p>The Oxford English Dictionary recently named its (prestigious?) Word of the Year winner, along with its fellow …

Mind your language

The editors of the Guardian style guide write about language usage and abusage<p>Dialects that blend, bend and offend the rigid rules of traditional grammar can be a delight<p>Published: 3:00 AM<p>Chatbots are on the rise, but are their human names and personas blurring our sense of the real and …

Oscar Wilde

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 …

Holy Ish! Euphemisms Aren't As Versatile

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 …

New York Times

'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 …

Is Aussie slang dying out?

After flourishing in the 20th century, slang is going through a quiet phase. Is it merely dormant – or are Australians taking themselves more seriously?<p>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 …

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 …

Australia

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> …

Language

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

Kalgoorlie-born Wyatt, 24, is the first Indigenous actor to join the overwhelmingly white soap opera in its 29-year history<p>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 …

Scrapbook

http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life/popular-culture/kim-sears-outburst-at-the-australian-open-just-proves-why-we-should-swear-more-20150202-133o9d …

Linguistics

DCblog

Day Courses in 2018<p>One of the outcomes of my August 2017 weekend on the English language was a request to have further days focusing on topics in …

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: …

Linguistics

Separated by a Common Language

Jan 7, 2018<p>This item ran as a Twitter Difference of the Day back in September, and I've been meaning since then to explore it a bit more. My thanks …

Superlinguo

lingthusiasm:<p>Lingthusiasm Episode 17: Vowel Gymnastics<p>Say, “aaaaaahhhh…..” Now try going smoothly from one vowel to another, without pausing: …

Linguistics

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 …