216 "untranslatable" emotional words from non-English languages


University of East London pysch professor Tim Lomas has assembled a list of words referring to emotional states from the world's languages that have no correlate in English. Read the rest

The perfect suffix for your "cyber-" buzzword

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Adding "cyber-" to any initiative is a sure-fire budget- and approval-winner, at least in the military industrial complex. If you're struggling to figure out what to use on your opening slide, here's a handy crib-sheet. Read the rest

Dictionary.com to stop saying pow wows are where Native Americans practice “magic”


Sometimes, the right thing happens. Read the rest

How to write about scientists who are women


The "Finkbeiner Test," created in 2013 by science writers Ann Finkbeiner and Christie Aschwanden, challenges science writers who are profiling scientists who happen to be women to write about them without mentioning their gender, childcare arrangements, husband's occupation, etc. Read the rest

Associated Press Style: No more capitalizing internet and web

On Saturday, the Associated Press announced that in the 2016 edition of their widely-used AP Stylebook guide to English grammar and usage, the words "internet" and "web" will no longer be capitalized.

"The changes reflect a growing trend toward lowercasing both words, which have become generic terms," AP Standards Editor Thomas Kent told Poynter.

Please note that Boing Boing will continue to capitalize Information Superhighway. Read the rest

Freshman Missouri Rep almost made it 3 months before introducing bill urging members to say "fiscal," not "physical"

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Rep. Tracy McCreery [D] had served in the Missouri house of reps for nearly a whole quarter before she introduced H.R. 1220, which urges her fellow lawmakers to stop pronouncing "fiscal," as "physical." Read the rest

Trains Botting: twitterbot posts a new emoji train landscape every 4 hours


Trains Botting/@choochoobot is a new twitterbot from prolific botmaster and EFF staffer Parker Higgins. Read the rest

Chase freezes man's bank account because his dog's name, 'Dash,' looked like 'Daesh'

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Bruce Francis transferred some money to his dog walker to pay for services to his pit bull, and wrote the dog's name, "Dash," in the notes field.

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CNBC's secure password tutorial sent your password in the clear to 30 advertisers


CNBC's Big Crunch blog put up a well-intentioned, but disastrously designed tutorial on secure password creation, which invited users to paste their passwords into a field to have them graded on how difficult it would be to guess them. Read the rest

Names that break databases


Jennifer Null is impossible: her name can't be entered into most modern databases (plane reservations, wedding registries) because "null" is used to separate fields in databases themselves. Read the rest

XKCD is coming to America's science textbooks


Textbook giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes Randall Munroe's amazing Thing Explainer, and a lucky accident happened when someone in the textbook division noticed Munroe's amazing explanatory graphics, annotated with simple language (the book restricts itself to the thousand most common English words) and decided to include some of them in the next editions of its high-school chemistry, biology and physics textbooks. Read the rest

Supercut: cursing without cuss-words


Burgerfiction assembles a greatest hits reel of scenes where filmmakers have ingeniously dodged the bullet of a PG-13 or R rating by having characters substitute their own epithets for our favorite Anglo-Saxon monosyllables. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

The Third Electronic Literature Anthology: Unity, Javascript & Twitterbots


Mark Marino writes, "Kick your Norton Anthology to the curb, and check out the latest collection of digitally born literature. Published by the Electronic Literature Organization, the collection contains 114 works from 26 countries in 12 languages. The Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3 offers a glimpse at just how wide the world of digital literature has become, including a diverse array of works, from Twitter bots to poem generators to Twine tales to poetic apps. Read the rest

Markovbot creates eerily plausible Drumpf speeches

Churba writes, "Victor from Frostworks threw together a Markov Chain Bot that randomly generates and spits out eerily accurate Trump speeches at the push of a button." Read the rest

KKK vs D&D: the surprising, high fantasy vocabulary of racism


As John Holbo notes, the Ku Klux Klan's extensive, bizarre, fanciful "titles and vocabulary," set out in a 1916 volume called the "Kloran," has enough weirdness to match the Monster Manual for its "hydras, furies, nighthawks, giants, goblins, ghouls, titans, magi, monks, grand turks, dragons, wizards, cyclops." Read the rest

Politician given green-light to name developer's new streets with synonyms for greed and deceit


A New York State Supreme Court judge has confirmed that Staten Island Borough President James Oddo can name three streets in a new property development with words that imply greediness and deceitfulness on the part of the developers. Read the rest

UK surveillance bill condemned by a Parliamentary committee, for the third time


Paul Strasburger sits in the House of Lords as a Libdem peer; he sits on the Joint Select Committee that is the latest Parliamentary group to scrutinise the Investigatory Powers Bill (AKA the Snoopers Charter) and, as with the previous investigations, he's concluded that the spying bill is a dangerous, poorly drafted, overbroad dog's breakfast. Read the rest

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