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Great Moments in Advertising

Controversial Super Bowl Coke Commercial Adds Klingon; No Response Yet From Space Racists

If you somehow managed to miss the latest instance of Racists Being Racist About Things, A) congratulations, I envy you, and B) this video will require a bit of explanation. It’s a spoof of Coke’s Super Bowl ad, which featured “America the Beautiful” being sung in different languages. Racists objected to it, because America is a country founded on the principles of equality, freedom, and that people who don’t speak English are worth less than people who do. Stephen Colbert did an excellent takedown of the “controversy.” And now GarlicJacksonComedy has given the video a geeky twist. No word yet from Morse Code-phobics, a group just as ridiculous as people who think Spanish shouldn’t be spoken in a Coke ad.

(via: io9)

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Elsewhere on the internet

[Updated] Squee, srsly, Girl Crush, Derp Added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Also (Sigh) Twerk

Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford Dictionaries Online chooses new words to be allowed into its hallowed (digital) pages. In the past, those words have included geekery, hentai, tweet, sexting, dad dancing, and doh (as in Homer Simpson). This time around we get… twerking. Man, it’s almost exactly like they timed this to the ongoing controversy over Miley Cyrus.

Some new words that are now totally legit to use in formal essays (because if we can’t trust the dictionary, whom can we trust?) are behind the cut, as are their brand spankin’ new definitions.

Oh, and also a video of Morgan Freeman explaining twerking.

Update: We were incorrect in saying that the words are being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s actually the Oxford Dictionaries Online, which “focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words.” Apologies.

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Make It So

Official Illinois State Department Website Offers Klingon Language Accessibility

Know any unemployed Klingons living in Illinois? Then you should probably go tell them their lives have become considerably easier. But since they don’t have a word for “unemployed,” you might have some difficulty explaining it, so bring a phaser in case things escalate.

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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Google Literally Just Said Literally Now Also Means “Figuratively”

… and I have literally (in the literal sense) no problem with it. Language nerdery, activate!

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I'll Allow It

Germans Have Adopted “Shitstorm,” Didn’t Even Say Thanks

You can barely get through a sentence in English without using a word derived or straight up borrowed from French or Latin, so it’s somewhat ironic that our own mongrel language should be producing words that get borrowed by German, a language that we actually share linguistic roots with. And frankly, I couldn’t be prouder about the German adoption of our “shitstorm.”

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Essay

What Difference Do Words Make?

Warning: This article will contain spoilers for The Walking Dead comic book and the television show as well as references to adult themes.

Do you pay attention to adverbs, adjectives, or verbs in what you read? They’re just words, right? Except that they can be used to frame a narrative in a certain way. I was struck by this doing research for a Walking Dead-related short story contest. I decided to give words to a woman who has been mostly denied them on the show, Michonne. Given that my Walking Dead compendium will arrive soon and I’ve faithfully followed the show, I thought I could safely take a peek at her Wikipedia page. The character arcs vary widely between the two mediums (which I was expecting) but I came across something else that was intriguing-the language used to describe her story.

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the internet is serious business

Oof: Google Search Thinks “Worst” Is a Possible Synonym for “Gayest”

This looks an awful lot like the Google search results for “worst school mascots” doesn’t it? Actually, it’s a search I just made (in an incognito tab, because that’s where any blogger worth her salt does their investigatory Google fiddling) that does not include the word “worst” at all. Turns out, enough people out there still casually use “gay” as a blanket pejorative term for pretty much any kind of thing that Google’s algorithm also thinks that it’s a pejorative term. And Google doesn’t seem inclined to do anything about it.

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she blinded me with science

Female Scientists Describe Their Jobs Using Only the 10,000 Most Common English Words

A little while ago there was an XKCD picture that explained the Up-Goer Five, “the only flying space car that’s taken anyone to another world,” using only the ten hundred most used words in the very large group of words that I’m using right now. The Up-Goer Five is not easy to explain, so this was pretty funny, but also pretty interesting. Now on Tumblr, Theo Sanderson, Anne Jefferson, and Chris Rowan have a world wide computer place where men and women like the men and women who made the Up-Goer Five can explain how their jobs work, using only those same ten hundred words. They even made a world wide computer place that shows you what words to pick!

We think women who do things like making Up-Goer Fives are very cool, so we want to show you some of the things they do here on our world wide computer place! There are lots more at Sanderson, Jefferson, and Rowan’s world wide computer place. And in case you haven’t guessed already, these words were also written using their word-picking computer place.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Start Your Vocal Chords, Ladies: Young Women Are the Biggest Linguistic Trendsetters

We all know that language changes pretty fast. Dictionaries, while useful reference materials, aren’t what language is derived from, but merely a blurry snapshot of an ever changing lexicographical landscape. Who pushes most of that change? Who appears to be on the cutting edge of significant, lasting, and eventually socially widespread changes in inflection and diction?

Young women, according to a lot of linguists.

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Excelsior!

The Avengers Trailer, Exactly How Black Widow Would Want It

You know, in Russian. Did you think I meant something else? Oddly enough I think my favorite dubbed trailer is the German one (below). There are just so many more fun cognates in it. Plus, now I know how to say “philanthropist” in three languages.

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