Do you creak?

From Slate’s Lexicon Valley, an episode about a vocal affection in young, “upwardly mobile” American women. It’s called creaky voice, and it describes a speaker using staccato bursts in the back of the throat. It’s raspy, deep and quite familiar. The “creaking” sound grates on…

If wishes were zorses

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. Peter is reading Game of Thrones, and the constant mention of “zorses” piqued our curiosity. And what do you know, a zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. Turns out there is lots to…

In Unicode

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_sl99D2a18] Card-carrying members of Working Together For Interrobangs (WTF‽), the talented ⁋ and ℝ launched inunico.de a few months back. I’m slow to share the news, but it’s a really handy site. Until I get a dedicated interrobang key, I can go straight to my…

Globish for Arabic: Fluency in 1500 words?

I’ve been thinking recently about my pledge to learn a new language every decade. Time is ticking on my next one, Arabic, and although I’ve done a few introductory courses and can manage a few sentences, I’ve got a long way to go before properly…