Word Nerd Wednesday

Happy hump day. Here’s part two of Grammar Party’s Word Nerd Wednesday series, where I lovingly compile and share some of the most interesting language-related tidbits floating around the interwebs.

Tattoos inspired by books at tattoolit: http://tattoolit.com/

Does using pronouns in your writing improve your health? The complete interview from PBS NewsHour: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/08/the-secret-language-code.html

An endangered word list from the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/21/endangered-words-collins-dictionary

Using maps to show where “Imma” and “Gonna” are being tweeted. From For the Love of Linguistics: http://languagelyceum.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/putting-ima-on-the-map/

Make your own book weight with this tutorial from Life Hacker:

A post about words with no letters from Sentence First: http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/do-you-%E2%99%A5-words-with-no-letters/

Backlash against grammar sticklers from You Don’t Say: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/mcintyre/blog/2011/08/you_are_not_the_drum_major.html 

A personal view of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary’s one hundredth anniversary from Language Log (seriously heartwarming): http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3373

A word quiz celebrating the Concise Oxford English Dictionary’s anniversary from the OED blog: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/08/concise-quiz/