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Word Buzz Wednesday: Cholliwood, kiss squeak, Kiwi collier | Wordnik

Word Buzz Wednesday: Cholliwood, kiss squeak, Kiwi collier | Wordnik | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. The latest: hooray for Cholliwood, an unexpected distress
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(EN) - New words: 9 March 2015 | Cambridge University Press

(EN) - New words: 9 March 2015 | Cambridge University Press | Worder Woman | Scoop.it

"Welcome to About Words, a blog from Cambridge Dictionaries Online. We publish posts discussing different features of the English language, as well as dictionary entries for words and phrases that are new to English or that have new meanings. We hope you enjoy the blog, and that you’ll post your own comments and vote on the new words. Keep checking back here over the weeks for a fascinating range of posts."


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Sull'abuso del "piuttosto che" e sull'amore per la lingua italiana - Il Libraio

Sull'abuso del "piuttosto che" e sull'amore per la lingua italiana - Il Libraio | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Torna la rubrica #leparolesonoimportanti, che se la prende con l'ennesimo abuso compiuto ai danni della lingua italiana
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La grande ascesa del verbo “whatsappare”

La grande ascesa del verbo “whatsappare” | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Non è registrato in nessun dizionario italiano, ma è sempre più diffuso. L’opinione della Crusca
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hashtag-friendly - Word Spy

Of a word or phrase: short and memorable enough to be converted into a Twitter hashtag, possibly to the point of being dumbed-down or overly simplified.
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The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang

The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Here are all the design terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again.
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#snOMG!

#snOMG! | Worder Woman | Scoop.it

Dopo le abbondanti nevicate di questi giorni, nelle prime pagine dei quotidiani di ieri e di oggi mi sarei aspettata titoli ad effetto sul maltempo e invece la parola scelta quasi ovunque è gelo, senza alcuna esagerazione.

 
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Meformers: Users who post social media updates mostly relating to themselves

Meformers: Users who post social media updates mostly relating to themselves | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
A recent study at Rutgers University suggests that if you want people to follow you, your social media presence can't be all about you.The study went over
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List of subcultures - Subcultures list - list of youth subcultures

List of subcultures - Subcultures list - list of youth subcultures | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
A Complete List of subcultures. There are more than 50 subcultures in this subcultures list. Every subculture in the list is linked to proper article.
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Definition of Likebait, BuzzWord from Macmillan Dictionary

Likebait, BuzzWord by Macmillan Dictionary. Find the latest, popular new words in English.
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At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win

At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
A dispatch from the place where the nation’s most well-regarded grammarians, etymologists and language enthusiasts gather to talk shop.
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Diccionario de neolengua: sobre el uso políticamente manipulador del lenguaje

Diccionario de neolengua: sobre el uso políticamente manipulador del lenguaje | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Puedes leer el primer capítulo del libro de Carlos Taibo y Enrique Flores, publicado por la editorial La Catarata

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Tracking the wild jargonist: A field guide to gibberish

Tracking the wild jargonist: A field guide to gibberish | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Sometimes professionals in a particular field have no choice but to use technical language. Other times, it's clear that the writer/speaker is just shoveling fertilizer. Check your shoes.
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A Word, Please: There's no use calling a word not a word

A Word, Please: There's no use calling a word not a word | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
If you do a Google search for the term “isn’t a word” and throw in the term “grammar” to sift out the silliness, you’ll get a lot of hits. Most of them are people saying that some word isn’t a word. Or that some other person said that some word isn’t a word. “Impactful,” “irregardless,” “snuck” and so on — they simply don’t qualify, people say, and anyone who uses them is making a terrible mistake.
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Don’t be smupid: a glossary for the extreme present

Don’t be smupid: a glossary for the extreme present | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Are you suffering from denarration or monophobia? A new book, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, helps to define our relationship with the online world
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Language Evolution May Depend On Population Size

Language Evolution May Depend On Population Size | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Every year, new words get added to dictionaries around the world, while other words slip from our lexicon. A recent study looked at the rate at which languages pick up or lose vocabulary. The researchers found that, similar to biological evolution, languages evolve at different speeds depending on the size of the population that speaks them.
To tease out the relationship between population size and evolution, the researchers--a group of linguists and evolutionary biologists from the Australia National University--compared 20 different Polynesian languages. Polynesian languages are ideal because they're relatively new; Polynesia was settled relatively recently in human history. The languages diversified quickly across different islands, and the relationships between the languages have been thoroughly studied in the past. This way, the researchers could compare languages with different population sizes and see where the vocabularies differ.
The team compared pairs of languages that share a recent common ancestor. These are called “sister” languages. By seeing how much each sister language changed since the two island populations separated, the researchers found that languages with larger populations gained new vocabulary faster than smaller languages. At the same time, languages with smaller populations tended to lose vocabulary faster than those with a larger population. These changes occurred more often than the scientists predicted would happen by chance alone.
The results are similar to biological evolution, where smaller populations lose genetic diversity rapidly, while larger populations have more opportunities to develop new mutations that generate more diversity.
The findings are just the first step for the researchers: Biologist Lindell Bromham, one of the paper's authors, tells Popular Science that “Until we can analyze other language groups, we can’t be sure whether the patterns we have seen are a general feature of language evolution or peculiar to the Polynesian language group.”
The study was published February 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Your favourite portmanteau words | Macmillan

Your favourite portmanteau words | Macmillan | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Today is the 183rd birthday of the English mathematician, logician, photographer and clergyman Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. If you're wondering why such an obscure
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Erin McKean, Wordnik/Reverb - XOXO Festival (2014) - YouTube

Lexicographer Erin McKean sews dresses and knits words. The former editor-in-chief of the Oxford New American Dictionary, Erin founded Reverb, an app for exp...
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Fashion terminology is DEF ahhhmazing!

Fashion terminology is DEF ahhhmazing! | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
Fashion terminology has a twin-nature: extremely accurate and specific when dealing with clothing from a technical point of view; merry and creative on fashion blogs and magazines.
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#Blacklivesmatter and words of the year | Macmillan

#Blacklivesmatter and words of the year | Macmillan | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
The final, and foremost, Word of the Year selection in language lovers’ winter calendar is the American Dialect Society’s, which took place in Portland earlier
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What makes a word "real"?

What makes a word "real"? | Worder Woman | Scoop.it
One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.
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