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  1. You Guys? English Is a Really Messed Up Language [Video]

    Petition to make it so that hammers "ham."

    This video by AsapTHOUGHT, the companion channel to AsapSCIENCE, is more about colloquialisms and grammar oddities than it is about the inherent inconsistences of the English language. That being said, my brain still hurts from all of this thinking about words. And it rhymes, too!

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  2. Google Literally Changes the Definition of “Literally” to Literally Mean The Opposite of “Literally”

    I could literally die right now.

    Any linguistic pedant or David Cross fan will tell you that when you use "literally" to refer to something improbable for exaggerated effect, you're ruining the English language for everyone and contributing to the downfall of humankind. Well, those punk-ass book jockeys can suck it! Google says we can use literally to mean whatever we want now!

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  3. This Skyrim Class Makes Me Wish I Was Still in College

    Attention college students: Do you like playing video games? More specifically, do you like a game called The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? If so, then I suggest you hightail it on down to Rice University in Houston, Texas, the only school that I know of with a course devoted entirely to the epic open-world RPG. For one semester only, English majors can sign up for Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim, a course that studies the psychology of gamers and the influence of Scandinavian culture in western fantasy stories.

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  4. Google Books Used to Track Life and Death of Words

    Google's ongoing attempt to turn the libraries of the world into a single, massive collection of scanned documents has found an unusual use in the hands of some physicists. Venturing into realms usually left to the English majors and linguists, the researchers used Google Books' scanned tomes as a massive data set announcing new findings on the evolutionary life and death of words, including the assertion that English contains about 1,000,000 words -- far more than most dictionaries would have you believe.

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  5. Windows 8 Adds United Kingdom English to Standalone Languages, Surprisingly Never Previously Had it

    For those British folks that routinely get annoyed when choosing a language in anything from operating systems to video games, Microsoft hears your charmingly accented pleas, and is finally including an English language option in Windows 8. Your kind of English. English English.

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  6. Guess What Academics Voted to be German’s Best English Loanword?

    If you weren't aware that academics convene and vote on words, they do. A group of German academics, led by Anatol Stefanowitsch, did just this, and voted on what German's best English loanword is -- something of a niche category of word-voting. A loanword is a word borrowed from another language that is incorporated into a different language. "Kiosk," for instance, is a Turkish loanword the English language took and now helps us describe makeup stands in the middle of the mall. As for what academics voted to be German's best 2011 English loanword, it's "shitstorm." The English language should be proud.

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  7. U Mad? Study Says Internet Leads to Bad Spelling Among Children

    This may come as no surprise to anyone who's visited an online forum lately, but according to a study recently released by the English Spelling Society, online social sites have made incorrect spelling of words a widely accepted phenomenon. To an extent, that makes sense: If one is writing something quickly in a chat window and accidentally sends out the word "liek" instead of "like," the general meaning is still conveyed, and the person with whom he or she is talking can quickly guess that such a typo occurred. But the brazen younger generation wants more than mere understanding: They want change. According to the study, 66% of the 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed "believe that dictionaries should contain variant spellings."

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