(2) John #McWhorter reminded me of that:
My favorite linguist says that the development of texting language "has been one of the most revolutionary things I have seen in my life" because of how comfortable and easy it made writing:
(paraph) "Before, when you wrote you were afraid of breaking all these rules."
Today, we think nothing of informally writing toots, blogs, math, READMEs, tech Q&As, Markdown…!
Writing doesn't need ties/hats any more, thanks to "LOL".
Everything about John #McWhorter’s Lexicon Valley, a #podcast about #linguistics, is delightful. I find myself listening to it (at 1.5x speed, which spoils the songs 😔) at night instead of my usual reading, it’s that good.
The Sep 4 episode about colors was amazing: many languages have words only for white and black and get on just fine. If a language has three color worlds, they’re black and white and red. And…!!
(I listen on Spotify if it matters. Sometimes it does.)