[Ads-l] Internet Language Quiz
geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Fri Feb 27 16:34:03 UTC 2015
I guess I didn't know them because I'm not hip enough.
My younger IT colleagues certainly roll their eyes frequently.
Geoffrey S. Nathan
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----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ben Zimmer" <bgzimmer at gmail.com>
> To: "Geoff Nathan" <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 11:21:14 AM
> Subject: Re: Internet Language Quiz
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM, Geoff Nathan wrote:
> > A geeky colleague sent me this. I got 8/12, but I think some of
> > them are Britspeak, so I've got an excuse.
> > > http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/02/22/upshot/internet-language-quiz.html?abt=0002&abg=0&_r=0
> I don't believe any of these terms are primarily Britspeak. They're
> all taken from Jack Grieve's "Mapping Lexical Spread in American
> English," which he presented at the ADS meeting in Portland.
> When Jack made his ADS presentation, I was most surprised by
> "unbothered," which I at first assumed was related to UK usage of
> "bothered"/"bovvered" (as in Catherine Tate's Lauren Cooper character
> of the mid-aughts, whose catchphrase was "Am I bovvered?"). But the
> data shows that "unbothered" -- like many other items on Jack's list
> -- first took off on Twitter among young African American women,
> particularly in the South.
> Jack also discussed these items in a talk he gave earlier this week,
> "Tracking the Emergence of New Words Across Time and Space":
> Ben Zimmer
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