Bookish news on the web this week - 24 January 2015


These are some of the articles from around the internet this week that readers might enjoy.

Webster's After Webster, Part Two: Etymology
Merriam-Webster - Unabridged
"The etymology project took Webster an astonishing ten years to complete, with results that would have later scholars shaking their heads in disbelief. Yale Professor Emeritus Fred Robinson, an authority on Old English, spent two days examining the Webster’s manuscript and reported that it was the most depressing research of his long career."

When I Get Older, Losing My Hair
Margot Kinburg
"I mentioned ... that we seem to be seeing more older protagonists and other main characters in crime novels and series than we used to see. ... Or at least it was my impression that there are more such characters. So I decided to do a little digging into that question."

Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers
The Guardian – Chilren's Books
"From Wimpy Kid to Goth Girl, Tom Palmer shares his hand-on-heart recommendations of books to help encourage a lifelong love of reading"

The Oxford Junior Dictionary has lost a number of words relating to the natural world. Many people (me included) aren't happy.
Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry
The Guardian – Reference and Lanuages
Reclaiming Our Natural Words...
Mike Collins
" ...
That is why it really matters for the natural world that 50 words about nature and the countryside have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Its something that needs to be reversed for the sake of our wild places and green spaces and for future generations."

How To Torture A Beloved Story To Death (And Ruin Children)
Tara Sparling
"Seriously – are these textbooks written by someone who hates children? Or stories? Was this written by someone who really wanted to be a lumberjack? How did this get passed, let alone printed? / Pity the poor children of Ireland. They are our future, and just look at what we’ve handed them." Very amusing post, with a serious undertone.

The Language of Memes And How To Create Your Own
Jon Reed on the Oxford Dictionaries blog
"English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British English alone. It is also the primary language of the internet, and the virtual world has spawned its own varieties of English too. These online dialects, often spread by memes, have been around long enough now for a pattern to be identified – a path well enough worn for you to identify emerging linguistic memes – or even create your own."

Teen opinion: how bleak should dystopian fiction be?
The Guardian – Children's Books
"Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses have become an increasing issue for young people in today’s society and many of these aspects are reflected in YA dystopian fiction. But are they in fact making things worse and what more could they do to help, asks site member Delve Into Dystopia"

I don't like lists of books you must read, or the best books of ... – I usually haven't read most, or even, any, on the lists and they always feel inadequate. So, this was interesting:
A Number of Reasons to Disagree about Book Lists
The Guardian – Books Blog
"Books you must read, books to make you more interesting … They champion literature’s great diversity, but always seem to recommend the same books"

And from YouTube ...

A wonderful advert, "Reader's Delight", from The Bookshop in Wigtown (Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop), covering the Sugarhill Gang's song, Rapper's Delight.

Jen Campbell's Top Ten Most Owned Authors.


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