Tag Archives: linguistics


iLingual is a recent app produced by the Lean Mean Fighting Machine for the Emirates airlines. The app is smart, simple, useful and entertaining all in one and that is something rare to come by. It works by taking a shot of your mouth and then implanting it onto your phone for it to speak for you in other languages. Sounds crazy? Check it out below. So far it comes in English, French and German and I’ll definitely try it out this weekend.

I’ve experimented with many a language-teaching apps that offers services from vocabulary and grammar exercises to complex dictionaries and audio support. If you can’t be bothered with any of that and want a quick fix that might get some smiles, you might want to check this one out.



Wordnik is a neat alternative to the almost tranditional now online dicitionaries and thesaurus resource websites. The site is still in beta and displays words’ definitions, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms as well as their etymology. My favorite features are the word stats that show you how often a word had been used throughout history as well as its almost live reflections in blog posts and tweets. Words are also presented in context of literary texts from various times, which allows you to see changes in style and use. For those who sign up, Wordnik also offers open-source editing, which will might bring it a little closer to sites like Urban Dictionary and Addictionary.

[Via Lifehacker]

Forever growing


So, what’s the word for that fuzzy feeling that eating sloe can leave on your tongue?

Know those irritating times when you just can’t find the right word for what you’re trying to express? Well, now you can add to the dictionary by inventing the words for whatever you think is missing in the global dictionary at Addicionary. Much like in Urban Dictionary, words get voted on and challenged by others’ alternatives. Some may claim that this is all made-up vocabulary, but well, at some point all existing vocabulary was made up and it’s only exciting to think that we’ll be able to understand more in fewer words of what people from around the world might convey about their experiences.

Below you’ll find an example of one of Adddictionary’s latest inventions…


Spam please!

Am I out of my mind? Nope, just I’m doing a project on persuasion in online media. In case anyone out there feels like forwarding me their spam or pop-up window/banner images, please mail them to ligress@live.com (not to any other of my email addresses you may have!). I would really greatly appreciate. I have to build up a sizable database of these, so please please help out if you can!

Our mouths go buzz buzz buzz…

So what is everyone talking about these days? For once it’s actually hard to tell, since new buzzwords seem to be introduced every time we go online. Everyone is expected to be highly involved in the online life of blogs, facebook, and such. We’ve come to a time where our online lives more and more often converge with our real realms of life, including work, friends, political movements, art trends we follow, you name it. We all use the new words, even if we’re not entirely sure what they mean, which leads not only to language change, but to a constant re-definition of these terms as people continue to use them.

Except for the obvious ones, you can check out the ones infiltrating the business spheres these days…

The online social networks and these new linguistic phenomena have an immense breadth of influence on our lives. The language does not only seep through from user to user on FB and blogs, but also gets picked up by a more and more seductive industry of businesses, which thrive on being able to convince you they are more than just that. More and more brands try to create an experience for their customers, appeal to higher values, try to be eco-friendly, privacy-friendly, whatever it takes. Customer loyalty building and networking have become one of the most visible trends when you navigate the web.