1. Language doesn’t stand still, not even the fusty old English language. Right now it seems in the throes of some kind of seismic shift, getting freaky with hash tags and acronyms. It seems likely that a hundred years from now, whatever’s being spoken and ”written” around these parts won’t look a hell of a lot like what we have now. Which is why it’s also worth reflecting, on International Mother Language Day, that Australia is the custodian of the oldest known languages on earth. And that most of them are endangered.

    — Differences are just a slip of the mother tongue, Ian Rose (via oupacademic)

  2. theparisreview:

English Is Essentially __________.
“English is essentially Norse as spoken by a gang of French thugs.”—Benct Philip Jonsson
“English is essentially a language that uses vowels no other language would accept.”—Luís Henrique
“English is what you get from Normans trying to pick up Saxon girls.”—Bryan Maloney
“English is essentially a French menu stuttered by a fish-and-chips dealer.”—Kala Tunu
“English is essentially the works of Joyce with the hard bits taken out.”—Jon Hanna
“English is essentially all exceptions and no rules.”—Jonathan Bettencourt
—A selection of “Essentialist Explanations.” Thanks to the Penguin Press for pointing out this gem.

    theparisreview:

    English Is Essentially __________.

    “English is essentially Norse as spoken by a gang of French thugs.”—Benct Philip Jonsson

    “English is essentially a language that uses vowels no other language would accept.”—Luís Henrique

    “English is what you get from Normans trying to pick up Saxon girls.”—Bryan Maloney

    “English is essentially a French menu stuttered by a fish-and-chips dealer.”—Kala Tunu

    “English is essentially the works of Joyce with the hard bits taken out.”—Jon Hanna

    “English is essentially all exceptions and no rules.”—Jonathan Bettencourt

    —A selection of “Essentialist Explanations.” Thanks to the Penguin Press for pointing out this gem.