Posts Tagged ‘language’

“Heyyyyyy”: Elongated Vowels and the Alleged Degradation of Language

The way we speak fascinates me, but the way we write is something I’m not sure I’ll ever be done explicitly exploring. It all boils down to forms of communication: in what ways do we convey meaning when we are limited by the internal voices of others? When I write, particularly if we’ve...
March 1st, 2013 | Blogging, Culture, Media | Read More

When They Don’t Speak Your Language

I have had hack conversations with people learning English, and I myself have butchered foreign languages in order to do something as simple as buying meat from the store. We basically have to throw out all hope of delicate expression and discussion of intentions, getting down to cooperative games of...
January 23rd, 2013 | Culture | Read More

#OnHashtags

As is often the case, I’ve found myself considering the language we use in our daily lives. As a blogger, it seems only natural to spend a portion of my time considering the written word, but I also communicate with many people by poking at a keyboard: e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and text messages...
June 26th, 2012 | Blogging, Culture, Featured, Media | Read More

God’s Grandeur and Evangelical Nonchalance

Grand language is a rarity these days, not only among bloggers, but also among the politicians and pastors from whom we used to expect it. Culturally, soaring rhetoric is endangered if not extinct. John McWhorter, for one, has noted this cultural trend. In an interview with Mars Hill Audio in 2003,...
July 29th, 2009 | Evangelicals | Read More