New online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

https://sfdictionary.com/

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More on gender in language

Here is an informative article on gender in language and how it shapes us (ignore the headline given in the URL):

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201006-are-some-languages-more-sexist-than-others?ocid=ww.social.link.email

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American Jewish Accent or New York Accent?

Is it all a matter of prosody? It’s complicated.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-linguists-are-fascinated-by-the-american-jewish-accent?utm_source=share_by_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mailto_share

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“Tones of voice” in Zoom

This article explains how we express tones of voice in texting and in video:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/style/tone-indicators-online.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20201210&instance_id=24891&nl=the-morning&regi_id=119842915&segment_id=46542&te=1&user_id=0a9e615b84ef22dc186607f2166707e3

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Oxford Languages words of the year

https://languages.oup.com/word-of-the-year/2020/

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we Gardena in geardagum: Viking ship burial and mead hall discovered Norway

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-viking-ship-burial-continues-new-research-reveals-history-elite-scandinavian-society-180976273/

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“Viking” was a job description, not a matter of heredity

An analysis of the DNA of viking remains yield some very interesting results:
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/viking-was-job-description-not-matter-heredity-massive-ancient-dna-study-shows

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The meaning of “BIPOC”

Here is an interesting discussion of the meaning of the term “BIPOC” (published in Good Housekeeping, of all places). The article makes the claim that the term was coined in Canada but provides no details:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a33436617/what-does-bipoc-mean/

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History of English podcasts

Kevin Stroud has produced (to date) 139 podcasts about the History of English (each 1 hour in length). Try browsing his list of episodes:

https://historyofenglishpodcast.com

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Where do words like “dint”, “roughshod” and “eke” come from?

Some archaic words get preserved in idioms:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/12-old-words-that-survived-by-getting-fossilized-in-idioms?utm_source=emailsynd&utm_medium=social

 

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