Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

LGBT at the Smithsonian

January 25, 2015

From the December/January issue of the Advocate (LGBT news), “The Smithsonian’s Queer Collection: Our nation’s history is more fully explored in the new acquisition of objects of LGBT significance” by Stephanie Fairyington:

Over the summer, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C., announced the expansion of its LGBT collection. “As cultural sensitivities and politics have changed,” curator Katherine Ott says, “now seemed like an opportune time to more aggressively, directly, and openly collect LGBT materials.”

[from Ott:] “Pick any topic in our nation’s past and there’s a gender and sexuality aspect to it, so these materials enable us to create a more accurate and balanced history of the United States.”

Shirt from the all-male, all-gay DC Cowboys Dance Company


Rainbow postings

January 23, 2015

Added this morning, a Page with lists of postings on the rainbow as a gay symbol: on rainbow food, on rainbow underwear, and on other uses of the rainbow flag. I’ll add to these lists as new postings come in.

Collage postings

January 2, 2015

Another set of Pages, with links to more collage postings. To the existing Page with academic collages (Collages: Academic), I have added two others: Collages: Miscellaneous, mostly with lesbian-related (but not X-rated) collages; and Collages: Gay, with gay-male-related (and mostly X-rated) collages.

Penguin postings

January 1, 2015

Continuing to make inventories originally assembled on my computer now publicly available as Pages on this blog. Today’s project: penguin postings (from mid-2011 on), available here. This includes postings on actual penguins, on penguin art, on comics with penguins in them, on representations of penguins (in food, for instance), and so on.

This list joins the following Pages: animal postings, diner postings, parody postings, phallicity postings (special list for wursts, general list for the rest), plant postings, poetry postings.

xkcd cartoons

November 14, 2014

I’ve created a Page on my blog —

on Language Log and AZBlog postings of and about xkcd cartoons. This is a publicly accessible compendium of this material. (I’m gradually turning my private lists of various sorts into such Pages. The initial investment of time and work is quite considerable, but afterwards they’re fairly easy to maintain, really no more difficult than my private lists were.)

The current list of Pages can be viewed on the right side of my blog, and any Page can be viewed from there by clicking on its name.

I welcome comments (by e-mail to me) on omissions in these lists and corrections to them.

An OED service

December 19, 2013

From several sources, pointers to a service from the OED: the birthday word generator, which proposes to answer the question: which words originated in your birth year?.

Actually, it recognizes the fuzziness of word origination by giving you a list of words that seem to have originated in the decade of your birth, while highlighting one. My decade is the 1940s, which nets:

skinny-dip, n. arty-farty, adj. foo fighter, n. binge drinker, n. bake-off, n. technophobe, n. acronym, n.

while highlighting acronym.

As usual, some of these seem surprisingly old (foo-fighter) and some surprisingly recent (acronym).

The world of grammar

April 29, 2012

Passed on by Paul Armstrong on Facebook, this illustration from the Grammarly site:

This is to accompany Stephen Watkins Clark’s A Practical Grammar: in which Words, Phrases, and Sentences are Classified According to their Offices, and their Relation to Each Other. Illustrated by a Complete System of Diagrams (1847).


Burlesques, parodies, playful allusions

March 8, 2012

An inventory of postings on this blog — I’d have liked to include Language Log as well, but even sticking to this blog the project was tremendously time-consuming — about this sort of play. The focus is on poetry and song lyrics, but there’s some material on music and on visual art. The comics are especially well represented.


Blogs and resources II

July 27, 2011

Geoff Nunberg to ADS-L on May 15, about my list of blogs and resources:

Subject:      Re: Query on Language Columns in Media

Just to comment on Arnold’s point and on the impressive list he’s assembled, I think the shape of discourse about language has really changed in the last few years, as the space that has opened up between what were formerly distinct public and private spheres has filled with a range of new voices. LanguageLog is probably the most pointed example. Its audience isn’t nearly on the scale of the  NYTimes or NPR, but in certain ways it — and in particular Mark Liberman —  can exert more influence on public discourse than either of them, for example in countering the million-word march, the Obama pronoun hokum and the gals-just-talk-more flim-flam, as searches readily show. I’ll grant you those canards haven’t exactly been driven into the sea. But it’s so much easier for linguists to diffuse their views both within informed opinon and to the media than it was even fifteen years ago, when linguists would have had no recourse but sit by the phone hoping the press would call for comments or publish books that with a few exceptions wouldn’t have gotten much of a readership, and that in any case wouldn’t have appeared until years after the fact.

That said, Arnold, I assume you’re going to put this list somewhere where it won’t scroll out of sight as  you post new things!

Well, I’ve added a link from my website and from the top page of this blog. With notes that the list is constantly being updated (most recently, this morning). Beyond that, I don’t know what I can do.

Inventory of libfix postings

June 11, 2011

(Long promised, but now delivered: an inventory of postings — including a few still in my “to blog on” list — on English libfixes, arranged roughly in the order of their appearance.)

Several postings look at the relationship between portmanteaus and libfixes, and several point out that many libfixes behave very much like elements of compounds rather than ordinary affixes. Several also note that many (though not all) of the libfixes are playful in character.

This is not an inventory of libfixes and things that might be libfixes, but an inventory of ones that have been posted on. Michael Quinion’s affixes site (here) has a number of others not covered here, and there are still more.