Nevada Today: Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement . “Using real-world Twitter and experimental data based on high-profile events, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno; Tulane University, and the University of Texas at Austin, found that heightened causal uncertainty increases individuals’ liking and sharing of messages that consist of more abstract (versus concrete) language.”
ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty. “Oxford Dictionaries gave us toxic. For the Collins, it was single-use. The American Dialect Society chose tender-age shelter. It’s word of the year season, and the Australian votes are in.”
Mashable: University wants to ‘banish’ Trump’s favorite word in 2019. “Even our vocabulary needs a fresh start for 2019. This has been a rough year in so many ways, even for the words we use — and particularly for those that President Donald Trump is constantly tweeting out. That’s why one group is proposing we ban the word ‘collusion.’ “
Merriam-Webster: Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year 2018. “Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017.” This is a top-ten list, with annotation for each word.
CNET: Google wants to help you pronounce words like ‘onomatopoeia’ correctly, report says. “Google is reportedly working on a feature that could spare you from embarrassing mispronunciations. The search giant may roll out a feature that shows you how to pronounce a word you’ve searched for, according to Android Police. For example, if you search for ‘onomatopoeia,’ a box will reportedly appear that directs you to a new search for ‘how to pronounce’ the word.” I did not learn to read like most people and I don’t read like most people now, and consequently I can’t pronounce anything. Looking forward to this.
Techdirt: After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words. “Well, well. As we’ve covered for a while now, FOSTA became law almost entirely because Facebook did an about-face on its position on the law — which only recently was revealed to have happened because COO Sheryl Sandberg decided it was important to appease Congress on something, even against the arguments of Facebook’s own policy team. As we pointed out at the time, this was Facebook basically selling out the internet, and we wondered if Facebook would then help clean up the collateral damage it causes? The early indications are that, not only will it not help clean up the mess it caused, it’s leaning in on this new puritanical internet that it wants to create.”
The Guardian: ‘Misinformation’ picked as word of the year by Dictionary. com. “‘Misinformation’, as opposed to disinformation, is Dictionary.com’s word of the year. It followed ‘toxic’, picked for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries, and ‘single-use”, picked by Collins.'”