Tag Archives: language

2014 Word Of The Year: Vape

Via CBS News: Of the many, many words that editors at Oxford Dictionaries review which have newly come into the language lexicon, only one has had enough of an influence in society to make it as 2014’s International Word of the Year. This year it’s “vape.” The Oxford Dictionary defines it as follows: v. Inhale and exhale the vapour produced …

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Tweet Of The Day

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Duluth Trading: Purses Are For Pansies

A reader just sent me the above insulting pitch from Duluth Trading Company. Let them know what you think. UPDATE: Less than two hours after this post went up, the company tweeted an apology and a promise to “making sure this never happens again.” THAT, folks, is how you handle these things.

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UTAH: Language School Fires Teacher For Blog Post Explaining Homophones Because There And Their Is Totally Gay

From the you-can’t-make-it-up-department in Provo, Utah: Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to …

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IOWA: Newspaper Editor Sues After Being Fired For Using The Word “Gaystapo”

An Iowa newspaper editor is suing on the grounds of religious discrimination after being fired for using the word “gaystapo” on his personal blog. Via the Des Moines Register: Bob Eschliman, former editor of the Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee arguing that he was terminated May 5 …

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MINNESOTA: Vikings Coach Suspended For Anti-Gay Remarks, Kluwe Vindicated

Early this year former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe declared that Vikings Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer had called for rounding up all gay people, putting them on an island, and “nuking it until it glows.” Kluwe has contended that his departure from the team came, at least in part, because Priefer objected to his nationally famous advocacy for LGBT …

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Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes

Stereogum raves: A masterfully assembled lyric video for “Word Crimes,” which transforms Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into a slightly priggish grammar lesson. Yankovic, you see, is taking a stand against Twitter English. He’s also doing a nice take on Thicke’s smarmy falsetto and credibly delivering his version of T.I.’s verse, as well. The end result is, as you can probably …

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How To Speak British

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Anti-Redskins Ad Airs During NBA Finals

Via ABC News: Native Americans are sending a loud message to the Washington Redskins. A northern California tribe paid for a commercial to air in seven major U.S. cities during halftime of Tuesday’s NBA Finals game, their latest plea for the NFL team to change its “racist” name and mascot. “In my opinion, the ‘r’ word is just as derogatory …

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Tonight Show: Jonah Hill Apologizes For “Hateful, Grotesque” Anti-Gay Slur

Two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill appeared on the Howard Stern show yesterday to apologize for a calling a paparazzo a “faggot” after the man insulted him. Last night Hill again delivered a heartfelt apology on the Tonight Show.

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Grammar Nazis, Literally

UPDATE: Take a visit to their full Twitter feed. As you’ll see, the account’s author is a vegan and a pet lover (presumably because Hitler was supposedly both).  Also, the Nazis really like to cite Matt Drudge.

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SF’s Trannyshack Changes Name

San Francisco’s famed performance art and drag event Trannyshack is changing its name. Drag impresario and Trannyshack founder Heklina (Stefan Grygelko) announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the 18-year-old club night will henceforth be known as “T-Shack,” bowing to pressure from the transgender community who have long felt the use of the word “tranny” to be pejorative in any context. …

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Languages Map

Spanish is #2 in 43 states, French is #2 in four. More maps. (Tipped by JMG reader Win)

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Logo Pulls Episode Of RuPaul’s Drag Race After “She-Male” Complaints By Activists

Logo today announced that it has pulled an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race after transgender activists complained about a skit in which contestants were asked to view photos and declare whether the images were of “females or she-males.” The issue has been a hot topic on some activist sites since the show first aired. From Logo’s statement: We wanted to …

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Jayden, Aiden, Braden

Details.

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JMG Reader Email On Andrew Sullivan

Yesterday’s quote from Andrew Sullivan generated a firestorm of scathing responses here on JMG – as posts about Sullivan typically do. At this writing there are over 500 comments on that post. This morning a JMG reader emailed to complain about the tone of many of those comments. Here is his message is full: The reader comments for your latest …

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Andrew Sullivan On “Homosexual”

“I like the term ‘homo’! I use it all the time – about myself and others, although I also often use ‘fag’ as well. The gay thought-police would be aghast, but the intent is what matters. Mine is mostly benign. Mostly. But mainly, one great legacy of the gay community has been our love of freedom, especially of speech. For …

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NYT On The Decline Of The “H” Word

The New York Times yesterday explored the vanishing use of the word “homosexual” by almost everybody except anti-gay groups. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates. Some gay rights advocates have …

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GLSEN Publishes Full-Page NYT Ad

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Retweeted By The Family Research Council

The Family Research Council just retweeted the above denouncement of media bias when it comes to language on social issues. “Pro-family,” anyone?

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