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Take That, AP Style! Court of Law Rules The Oxford Comma Necessary
The court actually rules that without the comma the law is ambiguous.
law  language  via:reddit 
march 2019 by mcherm
Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms Can Have Striking Consequences - The New York Times
Court reporters (required to be at least 95% accurate) were about 40% accurate when transcribing black English.
law  ethics  race  racism  language  nytimes  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
People with depression use language differently – here's how to spot it
Certain properties of writing correlate with depression. Use of sad words, but moreso a greater ratio of "me, I" to "him, she" pronouns and most of all a tendency toward absolutes ("completely, always").
brain  mental_illness  language  words  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Wren - a simple little scripting language
A programming language. A lot of it seems well-designed, but I also see lots of places where I think it made simple, obvious design errors.
language  languagedesign  programming  via:HackerNews 
april 2018 by mcherm
Molly Ringwald's brilliant essay about John Hughes is a superb exploration of what it means to love "problematic" art / Boing Boing
Calling some art "problematic" is useful. The term conveys that a work may bigoted or otherwise flawed yet still have much value to offer.
art  language  via:boingboing  CoryDoctorow 
april 2018 by mcherm
Asking for a lawyer dog
In Louisiana, asking for a lawyer only "counts" if you use language that the police like.
law  language  via:reddit 
november 2017 by mcherm
Letter and next-letter frequencies in English [OC]
Useful for Markov generators and cryptography, also looks kinda cool.
language  datavisualization  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
A linguist's take on the Great GIF Controversy — Language Jones
Hard or soft G? The linguist (of course) says there's no right answer.
language  via:reddit 
july 2017 by mcherm
Gender and verbs across 100,000 stories: a tidy analysis – Variance Explained
What verbs occur more often after "he" than after "she" (and vice versa)?
gender  language  via:HackerNews 
april 2017 by mcherm
The Washington Post Style guide adopts singular "they"
The keeper of their style guide justifies this and several other changes.
via:reddit  linguistics  language 
december 2015 by mcherm
What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand? - The New Yorker
When "no" can mean "yes". Also, the original meanings of "no", "yes", "nay", and "yea" in English.
language  via:HackerNews  history 
april 2015 by mcherm
Mumbling Isn’t a Sign of Laziness—It’s a Clever Data-Compression Trick - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Mumbling leaves out unnecessary information. If analyzed carefully, speakers selectively reduce the clarity of words that are NOT key to the meaning of a sentence.
language 
february 2015 by mcherm
Green Honey
Color names in English and Chinese.
color  language 
november 2014 by mcherm
The History of Female Titles: Mistress, Miss, Mrs or Ms | New Republic
Originally "mistress" (abbreviated Ms, Mrs, or Miss) meant roughly "woman of upper class) and had no distinction of marriage. Then that was added later.
language  words  feminism  via:reddit 
september 2014 by mcherm
The study of adjective order and GSSSACPM.
There's a proper order for adjectives. Native speakers know it instinctively, but grammar experts haven't quite figured out the rules.
grammar  language  slate  via:HackerNews 
august 2014 by mcherm
Today is a Holiday in Honor of World’s Greatest Alphabet | Mental Floss
The Korean written language ("Hangul") was constructed intentionally and is highly regular (and also highly different from most other alphabets).
language  unicode 
october 2013 by mcherm
You are not your labels | David R. MacIver
Using labels (like "gay", or "bi" or "dislexic"). They're useful as shorthand, but avoid defining your own identity with them because sometimes labels don't fit exactly and you don't want that to be a threat to your own identity.
ethics  language  gayrights  DavidMacIver  via:DavidMacIver 
july 2013 by mcherm
SemanticDiffusion - Bliki
Here is an example of how naming things is important. A word that gets widely used will drift in definition; frequently it will eventually return to the original, definition.
via:MartinFowler  MartinFowler  language 
may 2013 by mcherm
How we process multiple meanings of a word
A simple question was asked, but the answer given was insightful: if a word has multiple meanings then BOTH sets of neural nets are activated. Normally, one continues and the other is suppressed, but you can play tricks on people with this.
brain  language  via:reddit 
may 2013 by mcherm
Is there an equivalent of "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs" for English phonemes? : linguistics
All English language sounds: The beige hue on the waters of the loch impressed all, including the French queen, before she heard that symphony again, just as young Arthur wanted.
language  linguistics  via:reddit 
february 2013 by mcherm
The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part I) | Empirical Zeal
Differentiation of colors occurs in a common pattern across 80% of cultures. In Japan the green/blue distinction occurred within living memory.
color  language  vision  science  brain  via:reddit 
december 2012 by mcherm
Personal names around the world
Here are some of the regional variations you need to worry about if you want to create a field people enter their name and support people throughout the world.
via:reddit  design  language  culture  w3c  names 
august 2011 by mcherm
A verbless post: Language Log
Writing without verbs. (Also follow the link for writing without nouns.)
language  words  LanguageLog  via:reddit 
february 2011 by mcherm
Bad Words – Society for Linguistic Anthropology
A linguist's perspective: some kids made up "code words" and the principle was quite upset that the students were using this, particularly because it had some "bad words" in it.
language  via:reddit  culture  kidsrights 
august 2010 by mcherm
OEDILF - The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form
A whole dictionary (up to Do so far) with all definitions being limericks. Really. Fun.
poetry  language  funny  limerick  via:NedBatchelder 
july 2010 by mcherm
Douglas Hofstadter - Person Paper on Purity in Language
A satire in which gender-based language is converted to race-based language, in order to make it clear (by satire) that those who advocate for gender-neutral language have a point.
language  DouglasHofstadter  english  gender  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
Elvish :: Name Translations ::
Elvish names for role playing games.
gaming  language  rpg 
august 2009 by mcherm
joe-e - Google Code
A capabilities language which is a subset of Java.
capabilities  java  language  programming  security 
july 2009 by mcherm
The slow reversal of periods and quotation marks (idea)@Everything2.com
An observation that some people don't put the punctuation inside the quotation marks. I'd like not to, but try to be constrained by "proper" practice... perhaps I should consider intentionally deviating? (I already do that by use of "they" as a singular pronoun that is not gender-specific.)
via:reddit  language  punctuation 
june 2009 by mcherm
RFC-2119 - definitions of SHALL, MAY, and so forth
The definition of the words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" as used in RFCs.
language  writing  specification  standards 
april 2009 by mcherm
The directed graph of stereotypical incomprehensibility » Language Log
In English we say "It's all Greek to me" In Greek they say "It's all Chinese". Here is a graph of many languages showing what they use.
language  via:NedBatchelder 
april 2009 by mcherm
nasal demons: undefined behavior
The cannonical illustration of undefined behavior (particularly in C).
language  programming  jargon 
september 2008 by mcherm
Metaphorical Programming : Dragons in the Algorithm
Metaphors for programming: from "it's like proofs" to "it's like writing" to "it's like building a bridge". Can we move again to "it's like gardening"?
language  metaphor  programming  mypostings  myblog 
july 2008 by mcherm
MISC Language (A Lisp with Maps)
A programming language that attempts to be a Lisp based on maps instead of on lists. A very interesting piece is the presentation -- the web page includes an in-browser interpreter.
languages  programming  lisp  functional  language 
july 2008 by mcherm
Formal Language Processing in Scala - Code Commit
A WONDERFUL tutorial on building a parser ins Scala using parser combinators.
scala  tutorial  parser  parsing  language 
june 2008 by mcherm
"Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Why the term "intellectual property" is a loaded and inappropriate one.
ip-law  language  CoryDoctorow 
february 2008 by mcherm
Cognitive Daily: Language doesn't influence our thoughts ... except when it does
A study which shows that the language we think in really does influence how we can think.
brain  language  science 
january 2008 by mcherm
Technical Debt - 10x Software Development
A discussion of the usefulness of the metaphor of "Technical Debt".
language  metaphor  softwaredevelopment  programming  essay 
november 2007 by mcherm
Seussian Latin Extensions
Dr. Seuss' "On Beyond Zebra" is assigned some unicode values. Is this real?
typography  language  funny  books  unicode  via:boingboing 
october 2007 by mcherm
What the F***? Why We Curse
A lengthy essay on the history, psychology, and practice of cursing.
language  essay 
october 2007 by mcherm
Extended System of Units
An _UNOFFICIAL_ list of proposed prefixes for large and small things (kilo-, giga- terra-, and then what?)
science  language 
september 2007 by mcherm
Boing Boing: Bacn spreads around the globe
Word is coined, and spreads with astonishing rapidity.
language  via:boingboing 
august 2007 by mcherm
Octave - open source version of matlab
Open source alternative to matlab (which is an alternative to Mathematica).
opensource  language  math 
june 2007 by mcherm
Factor: a practical stack language
A stack based language that is recommended as being an up-to-date version of Forth or Joy with libraries for real-world use.
language  languagedesign  programming 
april 2007 by mcherm
Stevey's Blog Rants: Execution in the Kingdom of Nouns
Article on a weakness of Java (and oop): the second-class citizenship of functions.
programming  java  language  languagedesign  humor  oop  blogentry  funny 
august 2006 by mcherm
Intentional Software: Notations and Programming Languages
Article claiming that a language with fewer "degrees of freedom" (ways to use each construct) can be MORE useful, rather than less powerful.
articles/programming  programming  language  languagedesign 
june 2005 by mcherm
io
A very small language, OO (prototyping), message-passing, concurrency.
languages  language  io 
june 2005 by mcherm
Wish list for C++ language enhancements
Bjarne Stroustrup's list of requested language features for the next version of C++.
personal_net  language  C++ 
april 2005 by mcherm

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