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It’s time for our second Weekly Word Watch. This week, the news served up words dealing with everything from cell-phone biscuits to pop-star PR. Hashtag Twitter’s trendsetter, the hashtag, turned 10 years old on Wednesday 23rd August. Tech advocate Chris Messina originally proposed the hash sign, #, for organizing groups on Twitter in August 2007, […]more
Chances are that you use them every day – from ‘ to # and ? to . – but where did common punctuation marks get their names? Ampersand The ampersand is the sign &, used to mean ‘and’. The shape of the symbol originated as a ligature for the Latin et (‘and’) – that is, it […]more
Thus far in the 21st century, social media has proven itself to be a hotbed of linguistic invention. This development of specialized vocabulary and slang – some of it often spreading into more mainstream usage – is certainly true of Instagram. The very name of this social media service offers some linguistic creativity, in the […]more
Is there anything more important than punctuation? Providing us with stops, pauses, exclamations, questions, and even social media savvy, punctuation marks have been breaking up and clarifying our language for quite some time. Spend a few moments taking our quiz and learn which punctuation mark best captures your personality!more
Did you spend part of your staycation this year watching the World Cup and tweeting about the infuriating sound of the vuvuzela? A lot of people did. These words are now so familiar that it’s easy to forget how recently they were coined – staycation is first recorded in 2005, while Twitter wasn’t set up […]more