- WotY discussions are steaming along -- it's real when the NYT runs its now-annual Buzzwords piece. Grant Barrett had a huge piece yesterday, most of a page with almost another page of graphics. The piece has been talked about some elsewhere already, especially ads-l. There's no analysis of cropping or blending or anything, but it's a good and prominently placed discussion of language, which is welcome.
- Also already talked about in bigger forums is Heidi Harley's dramatic antedating of eggnog (worked out together with an undergrad) — taking it from an earliest known date of 1825 to 1774.* She's a prominent theoretical linguist doing a little word history and I don't think anybody's underscored how healthy that kind of crosscutting is: This is somebody thinking about language and how it works in a broad way.
- Safire — yes, him — quotes Stephen Anderson, president of the Linguistic Society of America, on the old are-ing-forms-participles-or-gerunds chestnut. He and Lindsay Whalen give Safire what for a maven must be wonderfully unsatisfying answers. Safire concludes "this needs settling" and asks for mail for input on a future column. I can hardly wait.
- NPR's doing a week-long series on blogging this week, and Steve Innskeep used blogal this morning.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Loose ends, all positive: