Gee, they’re swell!

I may not have been writing much (or at all!) lately, but I was definitely still reading as much as I could. I just don’t feel normal unless I’m reading something. Here’s a run-down of some of the best pieces on language I found over the past few weeks. So after the barbecues, fireworks, and hangovers, maybe you’ll have something entertaining to read to get you through the post-holiday letdown.

Though I only linked to one or two posts from each blog, I strongly suggest you stick around these sites and go through more of their posts. They’re all quite awesome.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Is it can be lolspeak tiem nao, plees?

Oh, hai!

Iz soopr excitd 2 be bak, srsly. Todai, iz rite bout kittehs an teh wai dey speekz on teh internet an stuff, kthx!

Wait…that doesn’t seem right.

Oh, that’s right. I’m not a Lolcat. They sure do talk funny, don’t they?

There have been a lot of other blog posts and research written about Lolspeak, and in typical form, I’m finally getting around to it five years after the historical founding of

Obviously, my interest was in the peculiar linguistic construction of Lolspeak, but the more I read, the more I became interested in the sociolinguistics of the phenomenon. Who are these lolcat captioners? What do I have to do to make a good lolcat picture without looking like a poseur? Continue reading

The tween students.

The school year has begun and true to form, September is already passing quickly. Students as well as teachers are still sorting out their routines, their schedules, and their roles on campus for the next four months. This is an easier task for some than it is for others. It’s still fairly easy to pick out the students who are just starting school for the first time. The look of shock hasn’t quite worn off yet.

Please forgive the low quality of the photo. This is one of the very few pictures of my home office before I started the Great Book Reorganization.

I work at a community college, where there are no admission requirements beyond a high school diploma. We are the Statue of Liberty of higher education. We take the tired and the poor, and many of our masses really do huddle together, especially the small cadres of smokers grabbing a quick fix before class starts. Because of the absence of entrance requirements, students need to take a placement exam in math, reading, and writing to see if they need remediation in these areas, or if they already have the skills to embark on college level work. Continue reading