For the love of words

January 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

And not your basic, everyday words. Words that sound beautiful. Words that describe complex feelings or situations. Ancient words and neologisms. Words that exist for the benefit of word-lovers. Otherwordly is a tumblr that collects the most particular words from languages around the world. Here is a small anthology.

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The hardly spoken words

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

The difficult words, the unusual words: all these words that are rarely spoken and whose meaning we cannot even imagine. Designers James and Michael Fizgarald, the illustration duo from Ireland, also known as The Project Twins, have ‘gathered’ all these words that are rarely spoken and managed to visually explain them.

Acersecomic: a person whose hair has never been cut.

Zugzwang: a position in which any decision or move will result in problems.

Do you know any of them? See more peculiar words after the jump. « Read the rest of this entry »

The semicolon was getting tired of winking

February 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

by Marc Johns

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Words without words

March 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

Which one is stronger? A word or an image?

In Words without words, a visual dictionary of words with abstract, complex or underused meanings, these two are beautifully combined by illustrator, designer and new media artist, Veronika Heckova.

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More definitions after the jump

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The incredible shrinking sentence and other wonders of the english language in the year 2011

March 3, 2011 § 5 Comments

What shapes our language infograph

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Can you take a hint?

February 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

Harvard linguist/cognitive scientist Steven Pinker explains the nature of innuendo. In illustrations. With examples from Fargo and When Harry met Sally.

Warning: it’s 10 min long and not for the faint of complex conceptual models. But it sure is good.

via open culture

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