How the Heck Do You Pronounce “Doge,” Anyway?
We've been having this discussion in the office for a while now, and since this beloved meme is getting more and more press coverage with the creation and subsequent hacking of the dogecoin, it's only becoming more and more of an issue. How exactly do you say "doge?"Read on...
Stop Making Fun of Valley Girls Because You Might Sound Just like Them: Uptalk Dialect Spreading to Male Speakers
So you know that thing called "uptalk," where a speaker ends a sentences by raising the pitch like they're asking a question? And how it's generally attributed to a very specific type of young woman? And how those women get made fun of a lot? According to new research, the speech pattern has expanded to other demographic groups -- including guys.Read on...
Germany Eliminates 63-Letter Longest Word
A regional parliament in Germany has officially eliminated the need for among the longest word in the German language -- Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz, a 63-letter monstrosity pertaining to the the testing and labeling of beef.Read on...
Ye Olde Explanation Of Where “Ye Olde” Comes From [Video]
Nowadays "Ye Olde" is pretty much just a ham-fisted way to make something sound old(e) and quaint. As it turns out, however, there's a pretty good reason for how this actually came about and it has to do with, more than anything else, printing. This video from MinutePhysics -- taking a day off to be MinuteLinguistics -- straightens the whole issue out. It's more interesting than you might think.Read on...
Telltale Tweets: Geotagged by Language
I hail from the midwest, and most people can tell because of how I seek out a refreshing "pop" as opposed to a heathen "soda." But a new paper filed with the Linguistic Society of America, claims your location can be determined to within 300 miles based off your 140-character tweets alone. The New Scientist is reporting on some of the results of the study, which drew on a source of 9,500 users totaling 4.7 million words.
The researchers found that if you are cool in the San Francisco area, you will probably write "koo" on Twitter, but in southern California, you write "coo". You are "hella" tired in northern California, "deadass" tired in New York, and in Los Angeles you use an acronym for an obscenity.Read on...
Computer Deciphers 3,000 Year Old Language in Hours
For those of you who always run into problems when trying to read ancient Ugaritic writing used in the lost city of Ugarit, behold! Scientists have used a computer program to translate the 3,000 year old language --first discovered by French archaeologists in 1920, yet only deciphered twelve years later--in mere hours, the Daily Mail reports.
"Traditionally, decipherment has been viewed as a sort of scholarly detective game, and computers weren't thought to be of much use," said research head Regina Barzilay. "Our aim is to bring to bear the full power of modern machine learning and statistics to this problem."Read on...