Dinter, bitz, and gwop: The wacky linguistics of British slang in 2016


If you struggle to understand the teenagers and young people around you when they call their schoolfriend a durkboi and try to cadge some peas, you are not alone. The idea that they are communicating in a different language from their parents has been the subject of excited chatter on parenting websites and among some researchers.

A defining characteristic of youth slang is thought to be its faddishness – the fact that terms have a rapid turnover, quickly coming in and out of fashion and then disappearing before parents and teachers have time to decode them. The reality is more complicated: novelty is all-important but for each generation the expressions they encounter will be new to them. So although each age group and almost every local clique do invent their own words, there is a common core of slang that persists for years: such as cool, wicked, solid and sick for good, and chilling for relaxing.

The new language used by the young is not one unified dialect but an intersection of styles, with vocabulary drawn from a number of sources. There is the edgy street language of gangs which has given us shank and jook for stab; and merk to hurt or humiliate. There is alsoboyed for shamed, durkboi and wallad for fool, dozens of terms for drugs and money and the greeting braap! picked up and used by innocent teens who may not have realised that it imitates the sound of an automatic firearm.

Source: Dinter, bitz, and gwop: The wacky linguistics of British slang in 2016 – Quartz


What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

via What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades – NYTimes.com.

Lo specchio

Le miroir Lo Specchio è un cortometraggio di Ramon and Pedro che racconta la storia di un uomo o anche dell’uomo – nel senso di essere umano dall’infanzia alla vecchiaia, nel tempo in cui la mattina ci laviamo i denti e la faccia, e ci facciamo la barba.

via Lo specchio | Il Post.

Mr. Wikipedia in difesa di Richard O’Dwyer

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Jimmy Wales raramente prende posizioni politiche, ma quando lo fa si spende senza remore. Così ha preso la cornetta del telefono e ha chiamato il ministro degli Interni inglese, Theresa May, spiegandole come e perché sia da considerarsi sbagliata la concessione all’estradizione del connazionale Richard O’Dwyer, e avvisandola che farà di tutto per bloccarla.

Al momento sta utilizzando il suo metodo preferito: una petizione mondiale per sostenere il ricorso all’Alta Corte. Il primo esito è stato raggiunto: il caso è divenuto di pubblica notorietà, concentrando così le attenzioni internazionali attorno alla figura del ragazzo e la sua vicenda giudiziaria.

via Mr. Wikipedia in difesa di Richard O’Dwyer | Webnews.

“Chiudete quelle SqUOLE” – Da comprare e… condividere!

L’autore, il prof Castellano, rivela imbrogli e torbidi intrighi agli esami di Stato nelle scuole non statali, in veri e propri esamifici in cui è stato commissario e presidente di commissione. Nell’ultimo capitolo affiora l’inquietante vicenda del prof Castellano riportata dai giornali e dalla televisione.

link: “Chiudete quelle SqUOLE”.