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A new internet language has cropped up in recent years: birbspeak, which purports to communicate the thoughts of birds. Popular purveyors of birbspeak include the Twitter account Birds Rights Activist, which has over 371,000 followers, the Facebook account Birb, which had some 12,000 followers, and the website Important Birds. An animal language on the internet […]more
As the year is drawing to a close, we have decided to take a look back at the events that shaped the past twelve months – and the words connected to them. Here is the first part of our end-of-year retrospective of the twelve words that defined 2015… satire January On 7 January, two armed […]more
Last week, a satirical petition appeared online that suggested Americans should start protesting the popular American chain restaurant Cracker Barrel, because the word ‘cracker’ is an offensive term for white people. However, what does the term ‘cracker-barrel’ actually refer to?more