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How social media can change the world

Human society has always worked on a very simple principle People do things and they continue to do them until someone tells them to stop. They either acquiesce or they fight (and sometimes win). Everyone has different ideas on how … Continue reading

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All tea, no shade

By Patience Kelly An aspiring linguist’s guide to drag/gay lingo This article contains profanity especially in connotation with reproductive organs, this article does not intend to offend, merely inform and entertain. You ready for this extravaganza eleganza? Well, you betta … Continue reading

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What the F@%$ – Profanity in Language

By Patience Kelly Literally, profane means outside the temple, and originally had religious connotations, involving “desecrating what is holy”, and representing blasphemy. In English, most swear words have Germanic roots, and documents of swearing in the Bible go back to … Continue reading

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How media sensations changed the way we speak

By Patience Kelly Art mimics life, and this is no different for linguistics. We talk like people we can relate to, who have similar ideas to us, not necessarily who we see (or hear rather). But, as with most things … Continue reading

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Old English Electricity

By Timothy Patrick Snyder Old English is a fantastic language.  There is a large selection of literature, with poetry and prose, we have an Old English lexicon that includes several thousand words (although spelling and dialectal variants also take up … Continue reading

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Northern Cities Vowel Shift

Hi guys. It’s Rolf Weimar here, creator of Silly Linguistics. I have been working hard on language podcasts, comics and articles. But I would like to expand the language offering on this site. So with that in mind, I put … Continue reading

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The Other Z – why you mispronounce this Scottish letter

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Language fossils

Something that I think all language enthusiasts encounter very early on is just how many languages there are in the world. But spend more time in the language world, and you will discover that there are even more languages beyond … Continue reading

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Silly Linguistics Podcast – Episode 8

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Schleicher’s Fable in Proto Germanic

Awiz eχwôz-uχe Awis, þazmai wullô ne wase, eχwanz gasáχwe, ainan kurun waganan wegandun, anþeran mekelôn burþînun, þridjanôn gumanun berandun. Awiz eχwamiz kwaþe: “Χertôn gaángwjedai mez seχwandi eχwanz gumanun akandun.” Eχwôz kwêdund: “Gaχáusî, awi, χertôn gaángwjedai unsez seχwandumiz: gumô, faþiz awjôn … Continue reading

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