Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Most annoying business jargon

Business jargon seems to have become an integral part of popular culture – it’s not just used by managers and wannabes anymore. Forbes has compiled a list of the most annoying, pretentious and useless business jargon in a handy photo gallery. Here are a few words and phrases they consider the worst offenders: Core Competency(…)

Vanishing languages

Last week I wrote about Google’s Endangered Languages project. If you were wondering why it’s so important to save languages, there’s a great article in the National Geographic for you. Written by Russ Rymer, the article asks the question “What is lost when a language goes silent?” An extract from the article: Linguists have identified(…)

Korean in 15 minutes

Learning Korean? Or just want to know what the alphabet symbols mean? A comic created by artist and traveller Ryan Estrada could help you out! The comic, seen over at Ryan’s Tumblr, claims to you can learn to read Korean in just 15 minutes. It introduces you to the symbols of the alphabet, known as(…)

Google’s endangered languages project

Google has launched a new website dedicated to preserving endangered languages. The Endangered Languages project features videos and an interactive map; people can click on dots on the map to reveal an endangered language. Google is hoping the project will bring together a number of independent projects worldwide to more effectively confront language endangerment. “Documenting(…)

Are you a geek?

A friend of mine identifies as a geek; he even worked for the Geek Squad for a while. But some seem the term as derogatory – particularly if going by dictionary definitions. Google’s dictionary defines a geek as “an unfashionable or socially inept person” with a secondary meaning of “a person with an eccentric devotion(…)

Poetic tweets

Think Twitter is just people posting about what they had for lunch? You may be right – and wrong. A new Twitter account takes tweets and turns them into poetry. So the mundane becomes something oddly beautiful. @Pentametron is an automated account that uses algorithms to turn tweets into an iambic pentameter poem (see picture).(…)