[Ads-l] Internet Language Quiz

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 27 16:22:53 UTC 2015

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":



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