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Experts confirmed this week the discovery of the world’s oldest message in a bottle, cast from a German ship in 1886 and washed up in Western Australia earlier this year. Its message? Inclusion rider, bronze ceiling, and Kimoji. Sadly, not. The note included information about who wrote it and where it was thrown overboard, all […]more
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has worked with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library to look at words in the Oxford English Dictionary that have come from California. From Valleyspeak to the language of the movies, the timeline highlights more than 150 terms which are first found in the Golden […]more
Are the Oscars not wordy enough for you? Let’s make the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards a little more engaging with several wordy facts. 1. The Big Short The big what? The term short has been in use since at least the mid-19th century to describe the process of ‘selling […]more
It’s Academy Award time, and lucky winners will be accepting their Oscars and thanking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, their families, mentors, and colleagues. In linguistic terms, what makes an acceptance speech succeed where others fail? Thanking is a speech act—a way that we use words to do as well as say. Such speech […]more
The 2011 Academy Awards® take place this Sunday, the culmination of months of speculation about who will wear what, who will have the hardest time with the TelePrompTer, and, of course, who will win. But regardless of who goes home with an Oscar—whether it’s Natalie Portman for playing a tormented ballerina or Annette Bening for […]more