It’s prize time! Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The New Yorker has kindly made many of her stories available for free. Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize, and the National Book Award finalists were announced (with free excerpts).
And now a look at words in the wild:
Auto-antonyms and other unusuable terms.
Twitter founders used a print dictionary to determine the now-ubiquitous brand name. #longreads
Ben Schott makes up 17 funny and useful words based on absurd Germanic compounds.
Is the Internet killing non-Latin alphabets? No, it might be saving them.
Can you write English under pressure? We can. (Tell us how far you made it in the comments.)
Predictions for next week’s language news:
More musicians/celebrities/sycophants will write open letters to Miley Cyrus about her grammar use.
Want more language news? Check out last week’s installment.