Linguistics

The Weekly Filet brings you the five best links of the week, every Friday. Making sense of the big issues of our time (with a healthy dose of serendipity and nerdiness). Curated by journalist David Bauer.

Millennials destroyed the rules of written English – and created something better

Mashable

I don’t have a whole lot of explicit life goals, but this is one: Never start complaining about how people younger than me use language. This article gives a fascinating overview on how a new form of written language is being established on the web. «A rulebook which states that deliberately misspelled words and misused grammar can convey tone, nuance, humour, and even annoyance.» One warning before you start reading: Once you’re in the know, you will never again be not conflicted about ending a sentence with a full stop(.)

Published in Weekly Filet #269

Do we make better decisions in a foreign language?

Financial Times

Would you kill a person in order to save five others? You’ve heard about this dilemma, but here’s the twist: Those among you who are native English speakers are less likely to agree than those for whom English is a foreign language. Just because I made you think about this in English.

Published in Weekly Filet #267

Where Slang Comes From

The Pudding

A fascinating visual, data-driven explainer on how expressions like «Holosexual», «Gaslighting» or «Netflix and Chill» enter the mainstream vocabulary.

Published in Weekly Filet #