Izzit? — Dictionaries and the Internet

The people at the Guardian newspaper recently found themselves asking whether the world’s biggest dictionary could survive in the age of the internet. It's a changed game, and dictionaries can thrive.


Izzit? — Merriam-Webster just updated

Everyone’s favourite lexicographical publisher of English in America, Merriam-Webster, recently added 850 new words and definitions to its dictionary

​IZZIT? – “Mutually Un-friended by this Difference” – Words on Facebook

Some words and phrases today mainly associated with social media have been around for a long time

​Izzit? – Lexicography, lexicographers, and the words they put in dictionaries

Insights into the macabre world of lexicography

Izzit? – More on language evolution: Open University’s animated ‘History of English’ video

More on the history of the English language, this time from The Open University in the form of an 11 minute animated video on YouTube.

Izzit? – ‘English is weird,’ and here’s the evidence

The strangeness of the English language is a matter of historical contingency, migration, conquest, and adaptation. More has happened to it in its history than to most other languages on Earth.

​Izzit? – F-bombs and other profanities are ‘central to the human experience’

Do you get through the day without having to swear? Or do you swear like a trooper? An author contends that the norm lies somewhere in between. (Caution: article contains profanity)

​Izzit? – Cracking Trumpspeak on Twitter: what does the POTUS mean by ‘bad,’ ‘smart,’ ‘sorry,’ ‘ungrateful’? … Probably not what you think

Twitter is a favourite forum of US President Donald Trump. He is known for using the 140 characters per tweet to talk up the things he likes ("great"), but more so to rant about things he doesn’t ("bad")

​Izzit? – The murky world of the unknown laws of language

Every day, English speakers follow laws of language we didn't know are there. Now the author of a book on the subject tells us how it works.

Izzit? – February is language month: diarise the 21st

South Africa celebrates "Language Month" in February. Various events lead up to Unesco's International Mother Tongue Day on the 21st.