Sunday, 28 August 2011

Chris Herron Design: The Hell Brand Project

Lots of fun with graphology: Chris Herron imagines 'rebranding' Hell. There's some semantic fun with the tag lines he comes up with for the 'new hell' concept too.

http://www.chrisherrondesign.com/hell.html

Friday, 26 August 2011

Steve Jobs Vs. Tim Cook: Words Of Wisdom

Interesting little frequency analysis and discussion of speeches from Apple's old boss and their new one, using Wordle to illustrate. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Secret Language Code

The grammar of what you write may reveal more than the message you intended...

The Secret Language Code
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-language-code


Friday, 12 August 2011

"Scum"

A social worker comments on the use of this word to describe rioting youth. 

Scum
http://botherer.org/2011/08/11/scum/

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

It's or Its? (bristol.ac.uk)

Yeah. Get this one right. It's a doozy. Hint: your iPhone will never let you write its without an apostrophe, and it's wrong. 

It's or Its?
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_58.htm

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Five New Areas Of London Named

Here we have neologisms that are chosen to sound as if they're historical. 

As the commenter notes in this article, some of them do arise from pre-existing site names. But the etymologist - the historian of linguistics - might hope for names that reflect the times. The BBC report on the same story lists some more contemporary and perhaps appropriate names - I liked 'Dog and Bike' as an appropriately present-day name.

Five New Areas Of London Named In Olympic Competition
http://londonist.com/2011/08/five-new-areas-of-london-named-in-olympic-competition.php