ferrousfellow:

thegreenwolf:

gallusrostromegalus:

There is a word for the thing the llama is doing. It is the best possible word for this phenomenon.  When an animal moves by moving all four feet like this at once it’s called… PRONKING.
I can’t make stuff like this up.

Okay. I’ve seen various antelope do this. I had NO idea llamas did, too!

dumblebe!

<3

ferrousfellow:

thegreenwolf:

gallusrostromegalus:

There is a word for the thing the llama is doing. It is the best possible word for this phenomenon.  When an animal moves by moving all four feet like this at once it’s called… PRONKING.

I can’t make stuff like this up.

Okay. I’ve seen various antelope do this. I had NO idea llamas did, too!

dumblebe!

<3

(Source: robertdafoto.com.br)

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Last week a former Royal Marine who is the boyfriend of the model Kelly Brooks crashed into a bus stop while driving a van carrying a load of dead badgers.
I mention this solely to remind you that linguists are not kidding when they say … that your command of English enables you to understand sentences that have never occurred before in the entire history of the human species.

Geoffrey K. Pullum (via almostnonmetaphorically)

From Language Log, showing that novel sentences are possible even without colourless green ideas or friendly milk countermanding one’s trousers

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allthingslinguistic:

linguisticsroundup:

Ever wondered what the plural of octopus is? 

As Merriam-Webster associate editor Kory Stamper explains, there are actually three correct pluralizations: octopi, octopuses, and octopodes. 

For even more options (okay, some of them may be tongue-in-cheek), check out this flowchart. I think my favourite might be hexakaidecapus, from the Greek word for “sixteen”. 

Actually I’m pretty sure “hexakaidecapus” should be the dual. ;)

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Now accepting formal applications to be my valentine.

Name:
Age:
Height:
Location:
Interests:
Why do you want to be my valentine:

We get to personalize these applications, right? e.g.

Performing arts experience:

On a scale of 1 (very disinterested) to 7 (very interested) please rate your interest in discussing dating and relationships in terms of Bayesian models. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Please check all that apply:

_ Nerd

_ Geek

_ Musician

_ Robot

_ Muppet

Zombies need not apply.

(Source: queenkatiee)

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wuglife:

The next time someone complains that internet speak, text speak, or typing is ruining language, think about this.

Not to mention the first known use of OMG was in 1917, in a letter to Winston Churchill:

And TTFN (the precursor to TTYL) was popularized by a 1940’s radio broadcast.

Even in a more internet-savvy age, BRB was used as early as 1989:

So if the advent of paper in schools didn’t ruin us, and abbreviations and early internet chats didn’t ruin English, then I think we’re okay.

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hereastori:

 

by Norwegian conceptual artist Rune Guneriussen

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wtfevolution:

Why is the cape rain frog mad? I don’t know, evolution, maybe because you made it look like a bloated alien rock with arms?

Dear disgusting animals,

Have you seen this blog? I think you need to see this blog.

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Wuggles

allthingslinguistic:

languagevillage:

ATTENTION EVERYONE!

From now on, we’re calling non-linguists “wuggles" (aka, a wug muggle). I don’t know why we haven’t thought of this before.

Has someone already thought of this? Am I late to the game on this one? Let me know if I am. Either way… enjoy spending time with the wuggles over winter break!

Another important Linguistmas announcement. 

This is kind of great, but what would be even greater is if I got to use the phrase “wug muggle” on a regular basis.

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