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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.
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- Here's the transcript of this episode.
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The English language is a mess. And if you don't like it, what are you going to do about it - fix it? Good luck with that.
In the early 18th century, a movement of grammarians and authors wanted to set up an official authority to regulate English, like French had in the Academie Francaise. But is trying to fix a language a good move? Linguists Liv Walsh and Thomas Godard weigh up the evidence.
Apologies in advance, pedants: this episode may contain some truths you* don't want to hear.
- Some of the audio is a bit unclear, so here's a transcript of the show.
- Find out about the Academie Francaise, including what you'll need to do if you want to become one of Les Immortels. (You'll probably have to kill one of the current ones.)
- Here is Jonathan Swift’s language proposal and here is his Modest Proposal.
- This article summarises how most linguistic rules are just busking it; it also links to a 1909 paper about the subject that doesn't mess around.
- Thomas Godard recommends reading Fixing English by Anne Curzan and The Bishop's Grammar by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, and listening to PRI's The World in Words.
- The purists among you may wish to seek refuge with the Queen's English Society.
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