There are approximately seven billion inhabitants of earth. They conduct their lives in one or several of about seven thousand languages—multilingualism is a global norm. Linguists acknowledge that the data are inexact, but by the end of this century perhaps as many as fifty per cent of the world’s languages will, at best, exist only in archives and on recordings. According to the calculations of the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat)—a joint effort of linguists at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and at the University of Eastern Michigan—nearly thirty language families have disappeared since 1960. If the historical rate of loss is averaged, a language dies about every four months. READ MORE
Do you know what is the most garbage word in the English language? Harmless. READ MORE
An interview with Dayna Tortorici, the self-professed "angriest woman of them all," is exactly what we need today. Listen to this, good night, see you back here tomorrow.
Thank you, Tracy, for sending me this Tumblr scrapbook of teenager's bedrooms in movies. As someone who still has posters taped to her wall (with really nice washi tape, but: still) and who still enjoys a good slammed-door "ugh get out of my room you don't understand me I told you to knock before you come in here!!" end to an argument, these images really speak to me.
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE *airhorn* *but a sexy airhorn* READ MORE
Yesterday Durga emailed Jazmine and I to remind us that it was the one-year anniversary of this piece I wrote; if she hadn't, I definitely would have not remembered, and even if I had, my own conservative estimate would have been that I wrote that approximately ten years ago, because it just feels like so much time has elapsed. I kind-of-but-also-so-seriously joked about doing a "Where Are They Now" follow-up to the piece, like, "Anna Wintour: still a troll. Kanye West: dancing like a dad. Kim Kardashian: perfection achieved" but THEN READ MORE
For someone who works as a writer, I really hate a lot of words!! I mean, I guess you could argue that it is precisely my intense love for words that is the root of my hatred; I care about words so much that I can't be ambivalent towards them, maybe? No. I just hate a lot of words. I particularly hate words relating to sex—today alone I've told TWO different people in TWO different conversations not to use the word "titillated" because, like, gross. Last week I almost screamed when someone used the word "satiated" in a serious context. "Lover" is another one that makes my skin crawl. "Rad" is a nonsexual word that recently rankles me in the worst way. I think it's something to do with the long "a" sound in the middle. Phrases can set me off too: "making love" is by far the worst offender and I KNOW I am not alone in that feeling. READ MORE