Every year the dictionaries of the world determine what terms and words need to be added to their pages (on the web and otherwise), and every year Zer and myself share our two cents. Read the rest of this entry
Those of you with saltier vocabularies, I have good news for you: Your sailor-friendly word choices may actually be good for you. Read the rest of this entry
This week the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) got just a bit more robust. Yes, the annual additions have been made. The possibility is almost palpable… Read the rest of this entry
The French are world-renowned for their dedication to their language (it sounds nicer than calling them snobs).
However, now they may have taken it too far. They have banished the hashtag…or at least the term “hashtag.”
France’s Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie announced this week that all government references to hashtagged words and phrases, will now use the French term “mot-dièse,” which means, “sharp word.”
It’s either a gross over-estimation of the caliber of thoughts that accompany the majority of hashtags (they’re not all that “sharp”).
Or it’s oddly fitting. Read the rest of this entry
It should come as no surprise to our fellow crusaders that 2WC is a fan of free speech. Over the past few years we’ve made our opinions known time and time again.
Another one of our other favorite crusades is the expansion of the English vocabulary through means of cutting back on curse words.
Needless to say, the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts has left us stumped.
This small town recently passed an ordinance imposing a $20 swearing fine.
Now don’t panic if you’re planning a summer excursion with your “Cursing Enthusiasts” club to the famed cranberry bogs of Middleborough. Fines will only be enforced on the loud and unruly public profaners. So keep your swearing soliloquys at a nice, even conversational volume, and you’ll be fine.
Of course, this does raise the First Amendment issue. Does prohibiting individuals from harassing their fellow human beings ears with their foul language, violate free speech? Also, what words qualify as official swear words?
Free speech issues aside, this may be a bit of over legislation. After all, you can’t enforce common sense and decency.
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