PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Blogs http://www.chronicle.com/section/Blogs/164/ 2018-08-15T19:17:44-04:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Coasting Along http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/15/coasting-along/ 2018-08-15T16:09:29-04:00 No salt, please. Allan Metcalf vacations on America’s northern Third Coast, where the T-shirts are plentiful, and sunsets over the lake are memorable. The Privilege of Language http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/14/the-privilege-of-language/ 2018-08-14T17:04:06-04:00 Kentucky’s governor mocks the study of French as career preparation. Maybe what bothers him, writes Lucy Ferriss, is the opportunity to open doors beyond a job description. Shtraight Talk on S-Backing http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/13/shtraight-talk-on-s-backing/ 2018-08-13T17:10:57-04:00 You’ve heard it. It’s pronouncing the “s” in a word as if it were “sh.” And it prompts Ben Yagoda to ask: Who does it? And why? How to Value Labor in Digital Projects http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-to-value-labor-in-digital-projects/65680 2018-08-13T16:21:37-04:00 Jason Jones highlights the DLF’s Research Agenda on Valuing Labor in Digital Libraries, a valuable way to begin recognizing more clearly the labor at stake in such projects and institutions. In the Fuss Over Core and Relevance, What Will Happen to Rereading? http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/10/in-the-fuss-over-core-and-relevance-what-will-happen-to-rereading/ 2018-08-10T13:49:57-04:00 Teaching is like being a tour guide, says Bill Germano: Only so much can happen the first time through a city, or through a text, for that matter. Weekend Reading - Rediscovering Blogging Edition http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/weekend-reading-rediscovering-blogging-edition/65671 2018-08-10T11:54:37-04:00 Lee Skallerup Bessette offers some readings to think about blogs, blogging, and how we are reconnecting on the web. Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Emoji http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/09/itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie-yellow-polkadot-emoji/ 2018-08-09T14:44:56-04:00 Examining the emoji wardrobe, Lucy Ferriss finds it surprisingly female-oriented. Why not make it less sexist for men, too? Two Grammatical Conundra http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/08/two-grammatical-conundra/ 2018-08-08T14:51:11-04:00 Ben Yagoda describes grammatical situations where it might be difficult to pick between two choices. Can readers supply more? What Rives? http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/07/what-rives/ 2018-08-07T17:29:09-04:00 Anne Curzan finds herself curious about a healthy past participle whose verb may be gasping its last breaths. Avoiding ‘False Titles’: How Some News Publications Try Not to Sound Like Other News Publications http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/06/avoiding-false-titles-how-some-news-publications-try-not-to-sound-like-other-news-publications/ 2018-08-06T15:59:13-04:00 Geoff Pullum enlists Lane Greene of The Economist to explain why the magazine insists on using explanatory phrases, as in “Uber, a ride-hailing company,” instead. Getting Ready for Teaching This Fall http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/getting-ready-for-teaching-this-fall/65663 2018-08-06T08:42:27-04:00 Lee Skallerup Bessette shares some things to think about incorporating into your courses for the fall. New Immigration Words in the ‘Never-Finished Dictionary of Politics in the 21st Century’ http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/04/new-immigration-words-in-the-never-finished-dictionary-of-politics-in-the-21st-century/ 2018-08-04T20:47:04-04:00 Allan Metcalf finds tender-age shelter, Einstein visa, and container camp in the second edition of the lexicographer David Barnhart’s political dictionary. Benedict Arnold, Brutus, and Iago? http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/02/benedict-arnold-brutus-and-iago/ 2018-08-02T18:11:23-04:00 Rudy Giuliani invoked that trio of traitors as comparisons to Michael Cohen. But Bill Germano suggests that the White House lawyer brush up his Shakespeare. The Grammar of the Adjective Is Not What’s Wrong With ‘Illegal Alien’ http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/08/01/the-grammar-of-the-adjective-is-not-whats-wrong-with-illegal-alien/ 2018-08-01T18:47:22-04:00 The Justice Department’s order that undocumented people should be called illegal aliens smacks of Newspeak but is linguistically unobjectionable. What’s nasty is the attitude behind it. Puerto Rican in Spain: 2 Grad Students Reflect on Language and Spanish Higher Education http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/31/puerto-rican-in-spain-2-grad-students-reflect-on-language-and-spanish-higher-education/ 2018-07-31T14:58:26-04:00 Two graduate students talk to Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera about the language differences and the bias they faced during their studies. Getting a Fix on ‘Fixers’ http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/30/getting-a-fix-on-fixers/ 2018-07-30T17:34:04-04:00 Is a fixer a good guy or a bad guy? Lucy Ferriss looks at the history of the word, which she always thought of as pejorative. In 2018, it no longer raises eyebrows. The Case of Pittsburgh’s Missing Comma http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/28/the-case-of-pittsburghs-missing-comma/ 2018-07-28T20:15:51-04:00 Ben Yagoda is shocked when 49 percent of respondents in a Twitter poll choose “Akron, Ohio resident” over “Akron, Ohio, resident.” Which is right? ‘Log Cabin and Hard Cider’: Nasty Criticism Can Be Just What a Candidate Needs http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/26/log-cabin-and-hard-cider-nasty-criticism-can-be-just-what-a-candidate-needs/ 2018-07-26T16:01:13-04:00 Allan Metcalf notes how William Henry Harrison benefited from just such contempt from “the elite” in the presidential election of 1840. Not that this could have any application nowadays. What’s an Anti-Semite? It Depends on Which Politician You Ask http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/25/whats-an-anti-semite-it-depends-on-which-politician-you-ask/ 2018-07-25T18:40:20-04:00 Can lexicography help solve political disputes about who is or isn’t anti-Semitic? Geoff Pullum doesn’t think so. Irony Makes Its Mark http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2018/07/24/irony-makes-its-mark/ 2018-07-24T20:31:14-04:00 In our present age, says Ben Yagoda, both irony and typographical indicators of it abound, including the tilde (˜), the rolling-eyes emoticon, the winking smiley face, and the “victory hand” dingbat/emoji character (✌) to simulate air quotes. Can you add more?