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.

Heads & tails: ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ in South African English

The words ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ are used in a variety of ways in South African English. Occurring mostly in compound forms – such as chiskop, malkop, loskop, and tikkop; and gatvol, hardegat, kaalgat, and windgat – they have shown great durability and flexibility in constructing new meanings.

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.

Izzit? – ‘Monolingual ghettos’ make for dire science

Scholars and their publishers should make more of an effort to ensure that their work is available in other languages

Izzit? – ​George Orwell on Newspeak in his 1984 dystopia

Newspeak. Crimethink. Is the government of the USA opening the door to dystopia in presenting 'alternative facts'?

​Izzit? – Elvish, Dothraki, or Esperanto?

Can the imaginary languages Elvish, Dothraki - or even Klingon - be said to have had more of an impact on society than the artificial language Esperanto?