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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Malaphors | Unintentional blended idioms and phrases – It’s the cream of the cake!

Some of these really tickle my fancy bone.

That’s the icing on the iceberg

You let the horse out of the cart

What planet are you living under?

That opens a whole other kettle of fish

The cat’s out of the barn

Patience comes to those who wait

That’s right up my cup of tea

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

English as she is spoke

This is truly a book apart.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Anti-Net-Neutrality “Fast Lanes” Are Bullshit – Marco.org

An astute takedown of the political language in a New York Times article.

George Lakoff would be proud.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Avoiding ‘words to avoid’ | Inside GOV.UK

I love the thinking behind this plugin that highlights the weasel words that politicians are so found of.

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

furbo.org · The Origin of Tweet

A fascinating bit of linguistic spelunking from Craig Hockenberry, in which he tracks down the earliest usage of “tweet” as a verb relating to Twitter.

Basically, it’s all Blaine’s fault.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

A Timeline made with Timeglider, web-based timeline software

Improve your word power: here’s a timeline of terms used to describe male genitalia throughout history. And yes, there is a female equivalent.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Not click. Not tap. Select. : Cennydd Bowles

Cennydd uses the word “select” as an input-neutral term for what we might be tempted to call clicks or taps. Personally, I like the term “choose”, although that word might have too much intent bundled with it.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Friday, January 18th, 2013

To Be Today

A beautiful project from Brendan and the Royal Shakespeare Company: the headlines of today preceded by quotes from The Bard.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Editing tips for designers : Cennydd Bowles

Good writing advice from Cennydd.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

shitty portmanteaux

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than “webinar.”

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

“When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” « The Hooded Utilitarian

What if the Wire were a serialised Dickensian story? …which, let’s face it, it kinda is.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

My Father’s Final Gift « Aza on Design

The beautifully-written and moving story of a father’s last gift to his son. The father is Jef Raskin; the son is Aza Raskin.

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The Universal magazine - Google Books

A proto-wikipedia from January 1749.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Fillerati - Faux Latin is a Dead Language

The best alternative to lorem ipsum yet.

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008

A wonderful experiment in expanding hypertext.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

All Sorts - a linguistic experiment

Collective nouns, collected.

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Garfield: Lost in Translation

Garfield, translated into Japanese and then translated back into English.