I don’t know exactly when or where, but at some point in the past few years, I stopped putting punctuation at the end of sentences. Why? The internet made me do itRead More
To mark the 100th episode of the Allusionist, here’s a celebratory parade of language-related facts.Read More
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It's cathartic; it's useful historical records; and it might help you behave better on public transport. Neil Katcher and Dave Nadelberg from Mortified discuss the art and practice of keeping a diary.
- This website has a fair amount of information about Samuel Pepys, including his diary entries describing the Plague and the Great Fire of London - and some of the entries he wrote in code because they're a bit saucy.
- Pepys wrote his diary in shorthand, so snoopers couldn't understand it. Read a translation at Project Gutenberg.
- Anne Frank, meanwhile, edited a version of her diary for possible public consumption, which was the one published in 1947. The longer, private version was recently published.
- Mortification comes in many forms. All of which are funnier when they happened to someone else.
- My friend Jo Neary has been keeping an illustrated diary for decades. Occasionally, she shares some pages online, to my delight.
- Which of these medical acronyms will follow in LOL's footsteps and be in common use in textspeak within the next 30 years?
- Having trouble translating DAMHIKT, UDS or POTF? Acronym Finder is here to help.
- Ever been curious about the Radiotopia sting at the end of the show? Jonathan Mitchell from Radiotopisibling The Truth explains how he composed it in the latest episode of Song Exploder.
- Here's the transcript of this episode.
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- Dave Nadelberg and Neil Katcher run Mortified. It's a weekly podcast, a stage show in many cities around the world, a documentary, a TV series, and books; find all these Mortified things at getmortified.com.
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman. Thanks for the advice, Eleanor McDowall and Martin Austwick (who also provided all the music).
- Communicate with me publicly at facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow and twitter.com/helenzaltzman.
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Emoji allow communication without words. Could emoji be the universal language of the 21st century? Matt Gray and Tom Scott, founders of the emoji-only messaging platform emoj.li, talk through the pitfalls; and History Today's Dr Kate Wiles finds the 500- and 5,000-year-old precedents for emoji.
CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains one category B swear word, plus references to penises growing on trees.
- There is a transcript of this episode here.
- Keep up to date with all matters emojional at Emojipedia.
- Learn more about cuneiform and poor old St Audrey.
- Read the Luttrell Psalter. Or Emoji Dick, if you must. (Try before you buy.)
- It should have been a portent of Things To Come that at age six, my favourite of the Just So Stories was the one about the alphabet being invented. It's Rudyard Kipling's own spin on cuneiform, pretty much.
- Why the interrobang never really took off. It's the "That's so fetch!" of punctuation.
- Your summer beach read: Unicode.
- The more medieval marginalia you find, the better they get. Here are some choice cuts, and there are many more at Got Medieval; read Kate Wiles herself on the topic; read an explanation as to why so many involve knights fighting snails; or if you can't be bothered to read, just watch the video I made for you:
I made the video using Animoto, who sponsor this episode. Visit animoto.com/words to try out their easy video-making tools; and if you sign up for a pro account, you can get 15% off if you use the code WORDS. I'm still lost in their music library...
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- Dr Kate Wiles is contributing editor at History Today and appears on their podcast.
- Matt Gray and Tom Scott brought the emoji-only messenger Emoj.li to life and now they're putting it to death.
- All the music in this episode is by Martin Austwick. Hear and/or download more at thesoundoftheladies.bandcamp.com.
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman. Thanks very much to the Soho Theatre in London for letting me record there.
- Find me at facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow and twitter.com/helenzaltzman.