Entries tagged with 'linguistics'


Several days ago Language Log picked up on talk of "Yo" as a gender-neutral third-person pronoun in Baltimore. This is interesting, because certain parties have been pushing for a long time for the creation of such a gender-neutral pronoun, to...

Some Pretty Tight Cathedrals

JV asked me to comment on a Washington Post article from December 2006 about educators and students struggling with abbreviated IM and text messaging jargon slipping into schoolwork. Stanton shared one of his favorite pieces of correspondence: "hi prof how...

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Recently I learned that the word 'surgery' once meant not the process, or the branch of medicine, but the room in which it was performed, like 'nursery'. Some other words with the same set of dual meanings: grocery, perfumery, shrubbery....

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