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Written By: daveski on November 15, 2010 6 Comments
The Top Words of 2010: Non-English Edition

I saw news from the good folks over at Langology that the Global Language Monitor has already published its Top Words of 2010 list. The top 3 results they list from their “annual global survey of the English language” are: “Spillcam”, from the BP oil spill coverage; “vuvuzela” of World Cup […]

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Written By: daveski on November 7, 2010 11 Comments
Following the language faculty cuts at LSU

There’s a certain urgency to the question asked on the blog of The Foreign Language Fourteen, “When did you first realize that knowing a foreign language was cool?” The blog prompts its readers with questions like “Do you know that Spanish won’t get you anywhere in Brazil?” “Can you read Plato […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 2, 2010 6 Comments
“Think Outside the Nidifice”: Endangered Words & How to Save Them

Ever been inconsolably distraught that no single word in English describes the condition of “being without eyebrows”? Say, when you were preparing to make an argument about whether your dog has them (i.e., eyebrows) or not, for a major televised debate? How happy would you have been to learn that there actually exists such […]

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