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What swear words are popular where? Linguistic research shows strong patterns of preferred profanities in different parts of the US. My latest post at Strong Language.
Swearing varies a lot from place to place, even within the same country, in the same language. But how do we know who swears what, where, in the big picture? We turn to data – damn big data. With g...
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A short post sharing Borges's thoughts on the Muse.
In the preface to his poetry collection The Unending Rose, Jorge Luis Borges writes about the romantic notion of the Muse (“what the Hebrews and Milton called Spirit, and what our own woeful myth...
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Fun zoom showing the scale of the known, physical universe.
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Ways of Seeing: John Berger's terrific documentary on the politics of art and vision. Four episodes, each about 30 minutes long.
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A quick new post on Sentence first to share a crash blossom from today's Irish Times.
(The phrase "crash blossom" may be unfamiliar to you, but the phenomenon probably isn't. Click if you're curious!)
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A pond in a small park in Galway. I don't think many people know about this place, though thousands walk past it every day.
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Thanks, Laura. It's a lovely spot.
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OK, I'll break my G+ hiatus for this one. (Thank you kindly, Karen.)
 
This is DELIGHTFUL.

I watched in real time as +Stan Carey tweeted this series of couplets yesterday, and asked if he was planning to Storify them. 

No, but here they are on his blog.

"Share and enjoy," as the saying goes. 

#RealEditorsProofBetter  
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A gallery of book covers by Ralph Steadman.
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The headline blames cats, but this article is about the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and its influence on animal and human behaviour.
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Why do people look up "love" in the dictionary? +Kory Stamper has some ideas.
Love is in the air (or at least lining store shelves) this week, as Valentine's Day fast approaches. Which may explain the bump in online look-ups (that's look-ups, not hook-ups), at merriam-webster....
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Double modals, multiple modals – call them what you will, they are à la mode.
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My new post for Macmillan Dictionary Blog is about language as creative play, especially as seen in neologisms and fad words.
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Writer, editor, lapsed biologist. Into books, arts, language, science and nature.
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Writer, editor, lapsed biologist. Into books, arts, science and nature. Blogs about language at Sentence first.
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