Allusionist 102. New Rules

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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 it

Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, cohost of Lingthusiasm podcast and the author of the new book Because Internet, explains how the internet changes the rules of language.

There are several Allusionist episodes that go well with this one: The Space Between, about how words got spaces and punctuation; Across the Pond, about how and why British and American Englishes differ, and the role of style guides; Mixed Emojions, about whether emoji could become a universal language, and their medieval precedents; and The Authority, about how dictionaries actually work (ie gathering language as it is used rather than dictating use).


I’ve got several events coming up, including a London performance of the new touring show, and a children’s book chat in San Francisco with author and lexicographer Jane Solomon! Find out more at, which I’ll keep updated with every new fixture.




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