Daily Links

Language anxieties: A long decline – A cute article over at the Economist, detailing the eternal fear of the decline of language.

21 Photographers Doing Whatever It Takes to Get the Perfect Shot – Cute collection of some daredevils and proud-free hobbyists pursuing their passion.

Internet slang meets American Sign Language – Looking at the spread of new signs to meet the needs of modern language.

24 Food Puns for the United States – Cute photography project playing wordy puns on the USA.

25 maps that explain the English language – Fascinating little collection of maps in some way detailing the growth, development and spread of the English language, including familial relations and modern day imports. One even offers a comparison of the vocabulary found in rappers’ lyrics alongside the works of Shakespeare or Moby Dick.

Random Quote

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

— James Nicoll