I have never heard the term “chuffed.” I shall use it all day.


You might want to add in ‘well’ too, as in “I’m well chuffed insooutso is going to be using the term ‘chuffed’ today”.


(via insooutso)

Sniffy has taught me a lot of words. Well, once I finally learned to understand what the hell she was saying, what with all the “wot”s, “wiv”s, “sumfink”s, and “innit”s.

posted 7/2/09 at 9:54am to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

Is a Coke by any other name…

Among the great historical either/or questions in history—Catholic or Protestant? North or South? Cake or death?—ranks the topic of “Pop or Soda”.

Personally I grew up in a county right on the border between the two lexiconic alternatives, but always called it “pop”.  Then I went away to college, and it’s been “soda” ever since, though the city I live in now is a “pop” town.

If you’ve ever wondered how the Pop/Soda/Coke monikers are distributed through the United States, the Strange Maps blog has a comprehensive map (via the popvssoda website) showing just that.  The post also sites some interesting information from a research article by a philology professor and senior editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English1.

(via Strange Maps)

  1. Luanne von Schneidemesser, PhD. Journal of English Linguistics (Soda or Pop?, #24, 1996)
posted 9/11/08 at 10:38am to Random · 2 replies · permalink

Memes and Language

In today’s information rich and technically savvy world, nothing is more intriguing or mystifying than the viral information that has propagated from one person to another in the form of a “meme”. An internet meme is a neologism, which is a newly created concept or expression that has been recently introduced and quickly spread from person to person. With the advent of the Internet, the introduction of themes and catchphrases are rapidly amplified through the technology we use every day. Email, instant messaging, and a plethora of personal blogging and social networking sites put everyone on a more intimately refined level of rapidly spreading our knowledge, thoughts, and ideas. The meme itself, once reaching a high level of popularity will most likely evolve into multiple versions of itself or spawn new memes. Much like a virus, a meme is an infectious idea that is directly dependent upon it’s replicating host.

So what is this all about? Memes explain a lot about who we are and what make us unique. They enlighten us to the direction the internet is moving and how we communicate with one another directly and indirectly. Memes, oftentimes, transcend the internet and enter our personal lives and add to the already existent memes we subconsciously spread every day in gestures, art, and even language. Our brains are quickly adapting and we will think we are consciously choosing these things, but it’s fundamentally our inherent programming to replicate that is making us do it.

– Josh Hopkins, guest blogger

posted 9/3/08 at 9:39pm to Science! · 2 replies · permalink

Stuff of thought

Steven Pinker, talking about language, social relationships, causality, and swearing:


And Steven?  Might be time to ditch the ‘fro.  Just sayin’.

(via New Scientist)

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