Words & language
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On Typewriters & Translation
Melbourne is playing host to two literary festivals with a difference over the next few days. The Sticky Institute’s I am Typewriter festival will be “investigating the love affair between zine and machine” until February 13 - and who doesn’t love the click and zing of a typewriter? It’s the surest way to beat writer’s block. The festival will culminate with the centrepiece event…
The Longest Word in the Language
NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich has published a piece on the various contenders for the prestigious title of the longest word in English.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the behemoths of the language are names given to chemical compounds, but the matter isn’t so simple. There are certain tests the word must pass: it must have been used at least once, for example, which means it needs…
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’? Mary Norris and Jane Caro
Words We Love to Hate
The New York Times Magazine has published a list of words and phrases its readers most despise. The magazine’s readers were invited to write to the magazine with their pet word peeves following a blog post titled ‘Words We Don’t Say’, featuring a list of 36 words and phrases verboten at the magazine under the editorship of Kurt Andersen. Needless to say, the readers'…
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