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Old 10-25-2010, 01:30 PM   #1
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Proposed Annual Mobile Read award

The 'Slangy'!

I believe Australia has the best, most 'poetic', and coolest slang. Pound for pound, they consistently fight outside of their weight class when it comes to the use of non Standard English in an informal setting.

I propose an annual award, 'The Slangy' (Name open to discussion) Where we recognize at least:

1) the country that has done the most to change the English language in a given year. (For good or evil)

2) The author whose recent works have generated new use of language.

3) A lifetime achievement award to an author (living or dead -except Shakespeare we got to draw th line somewhere) who has most altered the linguistic landscape.

It would not only be a fun exercise, but would possibly generate some traffic to mobile read, and raise awareness of the ebook community by the rest of the world. I don't see a downside.

Edit: For that matter, this could be extended to other major lingusitc groups.

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Old 10-25-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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The 'Slangy'!

I believe Australia has the best, most 'poetic', and coolest slang. Pound for pound, they consistently fight outside of their weight class when it comes to the use of non Standard English in an informal setting.

I propose an annual award, 'The Slangy' (Name open to discussion) Where we recognize at least:

1) the country that has done the most to change the English language in a given year. (For good or evil)

2) The author whose recent works have generated new use of language.

3) A lifetime achievement award to an author (living or dead -except Shakespeare we got to draw th line somewhere) who has most altered the linguistic landscape.

It would not only be a fun exercise, but would possibly generate some traffic to mobile read, and raise awareness of the ebook community by the rest of the world. I don't see a downside.

Edit: For that matter, this could be extended to other major lingusitc groups.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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The 'Slangy'!

I believe Australia has the best, most 'poetic', and coolest slang. Pound for pound, they consistently fight outside of their weight class when it comes to the use of non Standard English in an informal setting.

I propose an annual award, 'The Slangy' (Name open to discussion) Where we recognize at least:

1) the country that has done the most to change the English language in a given year. (For good or evil)

2) The author whose recent works have generated new use of language.

3) A lifetime achievement award to an author (living or dead -except Shakespeare we got to draw th line somewhere) who has most altered the linguistic landscape.

It would not only be a fun exercise, but would possibly generate some traffic to mobile read, and raise awareness of the ebook community by the rest of the world. I don't see a downside.

Edit: For that matter, this could be extended to other major lingusitc groups.
And possibly add an award for the MR member who has contributed the most unusual terms to our vocabulary here in the forums. SneakySnake, I'm looking at you!
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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In the UK people have suddenly started answering a question with "So,...".

"What effect will the new product have on sales?"
"So, what we've found out is...."

"Can you tell us what's happening at the scene?"
"So, I'm just looking around me now..."

"What is 2 plus 2?"
"So, 4."

It's horrible - are other English speaking nations similarly afflicted?
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:11 PM   #5
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:22 AM   #7
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In the UK people have suddenly started answering a question with "So,...".

"What effect will the new product have on sales?"
"So, what we've found out is...."

"Can you tell us what's happening at the scene?"
"So, I'm just looking around me now..."

"What is 2 plus 2?"
"So, 4."

It's horrible - are other English speaking nations similarly afflicted?
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Like, you know, similar here, eh!
So, it's, like, super duper common everywhere now, right?


(ok, I have to admit I use "so" more often than I should... not sure why. Also, I overdo the ...)
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:27 PM   #8
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