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Because Internet
Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language | Gretchen McCulloch
A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time. Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer "LOL" or "lol," why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread. Because Internet is essential reading for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.
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Pruzy
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Pickpick

This book on casual internet language (think abbreviations, emojis, and strange punctuation) is an interesting linguistic history by Gretchen McCulloch.

As someone who would be categorized as “Full Internet” based on her classifications in the book, I still learned a lot about how internet language developed in the past and continues to evolve today. E.g. Did you know there are widely accepted *sarcasm* punctuation marks used on Tumblr?

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annamatopoetry
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Author reading! Lucas found it, and we're going, next Tuesday in Seattle

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Kelly
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I‘ve been reading a lot about language and communication lately and this one is just so fun. Audio is great, as Gretchen has a fun Canadian accent she leans into as she explains things.

Bradleygirl 😍😍 I love this one a lot 3w
Kelly @Bradleygirl it was so good and fabulous on audio too! 3w
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riversong153
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this look at the way the internet has impacted language...this was entertaining and I learned a few things!

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MelissaSue81
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Panpan

For as much hype as this book got in mainstream book reviews, it is shockingly dry and academic. Also. Very little of this book is actually about how language has evolved due to the internet and it‘s really just “a history of the internet by a linguist.” The first chapter or two are about language but then it seems she ran out of content and wrote about lots of other loosely related things on the internet.

Megabooks Yes! I agree! 1mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This book reminded me of a university intro course. Some parts were so fascinating (the chapters on memes & “generations” of internet people), I was thinking, “I would major in this.” But other parts were so deadly dull, I was thinking, “Why would anyone study this?”

Overall, it‘s too up-and-down in enjoyment to be a pick for me, but if you like your nonfiction on the academic or historical side, you‘d probably enjoy this. 3⭐️

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NotCool
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I listened to the audio book and the author did a great job of vocalizing different types of internet speak. Lots of readers could have made internet speak sound stupid, especially with the light tone of the book. But that would have gone against the books point. There are topics Here I‘d like more detail on and points I would argue against, but this is a thoughtful book and a fun read.

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annamatopoetry
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Overall, a really good ride! The initial definition of different kinds of Internet People wasn't my favourite, but the chapters on memes (how they work, rather than specific ones) and tone of voice were my favorite. Knowing McColloch's voice from her excellent podcast Lingthusiasm, I could hear it the entire time I was reading. Greatly recommended for anyone who is interested in language or spends a lot of time on the internet (lowercase i).

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annamatopoetry
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Okay, the chapter on memes is fantastic too! Especially because Gretchen (er, dr McColloch. It's hard to last-name someone when you listen to their podcast and their writing is currently about an embroidered shitposts) is so Extremely Online and very nerdy. Sad that this is almost over, probably won't post any other book in such detail.

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Megabooks
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Low light. Book. Ice pack. I‘m ready to try to fall back asleep! Fortunately the battery on the light is rechargeable if I don‘t turn it off. 👍🏻

SamanthaMarie I love my rechargeable battery booklight!!! I hope you fell back asleep quickly ♡ 1mo
Cailey_Mac Awww those nights are the worst! I hope you got some sleep, I had a similar issue with a migraine at 2am 1mo
IamIamIam Feel better!!! 1mo
Megabooks @SamanthaMarie @Cailey_Mac @IamIamIam Thanks y‘all! I wasn‘t able to get back to sleep, unfortunately, but I did catch a short nap this morning! 1mo
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annamatopoetry
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Hey more coffee, more because internet, more peach tart. We're chocked, truly.

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Megabooks
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Read this page, turned it, and immediately received a robo call from my doctor to confirm my appointment. Smdh! The robots are everywhere!! 🤣🤣

MicheleinPhilly Anytime I get automated customer service menus, I usually end up yelling for an operator like Villanelle: “Eve Polastri, you piece of shit!” 1mo
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Lolololol! 🤣 “Representative. Representative. Representative...Representative.” That‘s what I end up saying when I call customer service. Menus be damned!! 1mo
Lcsmcat My mother discovered, by accident, that the best way to get a human when calling Apple customer service was to say “I am angry.” 😀 1mo
Megabooks @Lcsmcat That‘s fantastic!! 🤣🤣 1mo
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eraderneely
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I loved this in the same way I loved Dreyer‘s English. They are both fun, sometimes snarky, looks at language. And both authors do an excellent job reading their audiobooks - conveying the absolute joy they find in their subjects.

Megabooks I‘m reading it now! It‘s a great book. 1mo
julesG Must read this. Because reasons. 😁😁😁 1mo
eraderneely @julesG you absolutely must 1mo
eraderneely @Megabooks I put it on hold as soon as the library added it. It did not disappoint! 1mo
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annamatopoetry
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"Sending someone all of the birthday party emoji is extra festive: great! But sending someone all of the possible phallic emoji (say, the eggplant and the cucumber and the corncob and the banana ? ? ? ?) is NOT extra sexxayy: that's weird salad." - on emoji as illustrative vs emblematic gestures.

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annamatopoetry
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"Sometimes, you don't even want the body component: just because I ambitiously decide to keep a copy of Plato's Republic beside the toilet does not mean that I want Zombie Socrates taking up residence in my bathroom."

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annamatopoetry
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More because internet; Typographical Tone of Voice is easily the best chapter so far. I tried a lil pistachio pastry instead of pie and was a Good Idea. Tomorrow I will go to The Office for the first time in... A long time. And suddenly, allergies? In August?

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Megabooks
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Mail call! 📭 My latest #botm choices and my four sleeves from StoryTimeSleeve on #Etsy. The newest sleeve that won the vote is far right!

BookishJess I really love the colors in that sleeve 😍 2mo
Megabooks @BookishJess Thank you!! 😊 2mo
Klou I absolutely L.O.V.E. the one farthest on the left!! 2mo
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VioletBramble Love the ship in a bottle sleeve. 2mo
Megabooks @Klou That was my first one! 💜 2mo
Megabooks @VioletBramble there are mermaids on the rock next to the ship on one, which I think is cool. 😁 Thank you!! 2mo
Megabooks @Marilyncjackson These are my StoryTimeSleeves! 2mo
Megabooks I meant to put #somethinggood #ayupaugust on this! 🤦🏻‍♀️ @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen 2mo
Klou @Megabooks it's so beautiful. Well, they all are but that one is my favourite! 2mo
Megabooks @Klou Thank you!! 😁😁📚 2mo
Cinfhen Definitely a good mail day!!! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen For sure!! What did you pick for August?? 2mo
Cinfhen I skipped August 😛 I read an ARC of 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen oooo...don‘t tell me about it! I‘m worried I won‘t like it and want to form my own opinion. 😬 2mo
Cinfhen Tag me in your review, please!! I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts 2mo
squirrelbrain I love the peacock feather one! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I will! I‘m reading it second after Because Internet, which I‘m starting today. 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m also starting Kushner, Inc. today! 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain Thank you! If you‘re looking for a kindle/small case, she‘s got one for sale in that pattern. 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Good luck with both books!! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen idk why but the Kushner, Inc. audiobook has a British narrator. I usually don‘t listen to British narrators, so I may have to go with the ebook eventually. My library has both. I wonder why there‘s a British narrator?? 1mo
Cinfhen I think the author is British - the narrator was annoying my husband a bit but eventually he got used to her clipped accent. 1mo
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annamatopoetry
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Typographical tone of voice is easily the best chapter so far, with histories of basically all possible features.

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annamatopoetry
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Can you tell I fucking love these lil jam tarts? They're pretty great.
Gretchen is about to get to chapter 4, typographical tone of voice, which is what I bought the book for.

So Wednesday someone stole our car from the building garage. We thought it lost, but police from the next city over found it when the thieves used it to burglar another house. It still needs cleaning, but at least we have it. It's been a stressful week.

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Bradleygirl
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Just realized I've been spamming Twitter/insta w/ my !!!! about this book but I forgot Litsy! THis is just DELICIOUS & accessible & fascinating, the freshest but most lucid take on modern language change I've ever seen.
#becauseinternetbook #linguistics #nonfic2019

Megabooks I just ordered it from BOTM! I‘m excited! 2mo
Bradleygirl @Megabooks Yaaaay! hope it gets to you soon :) :) 2mo
annamatopoetry If you aren't already listening to her podcast, I strongly recommend it! 2mo
Bradleygirl @annamatopoetry oh very much so 👍😉 2mo
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annamatopoetry
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See a theme with these posts? I had a doctor's appointment this morning, and nothing is seriously wrong with my ankle, I just need to chill the hell out with the walking. Went to lunch at Coffee Works after to get the hell out of the house. Coffee, bagel, jam tart. Internet book still good, I'm still too restless to read much at a time.

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Here's my #BOTM choice. I really couldn't resist the add on.

hermyknee That add on looks really interesting! 2mo
Megabooks I got both of those! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Add ons are impossible to resist! 2mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder @hermyknee I really can't resist anything that has to do with language/linguistics. 2mo
Lindy Seems like Because Internet is being mentioned everywhere lately, including nonbook-related podcasts. I‘m looking forward to reading it. 2mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Lindy I guess it was a past BOTM pick but somehow I missed it. I'm looking forward to it too! 2mo
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annamatopoetry
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Slow going reading-wise, but I'm also listening to a much later part of the book on audio book when Lucas is, so I'll be able to skip long passages when I get halfway through. Mostly I'm enjoying the outside today. My ankle is getting better and I hope to be able to go into the office Thursday. I'm so bored with working from home.

Buechersuechtling 🤐 Oh. I would give half of my book shelf if I was – finally – allowed to work from home. 3d
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annamatopoetry
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This isn't going to go down as a great summer, but at least I've had some chances to drink coffee and read outdoors. I just have to scoot here. And deal with some women discussing keto at a table over, surely I'll be excused if I don't throw my ice water at them? (gretchen is discussing the impact of spell check on people's writing habits)

Emilymdxn Small good times are something at least 💖 I strongly recommend ice water 2mo
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lorannen

So excited to read this one... then immediately pass it on to my parents 😉

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annamatopoetry
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I'm getting nowhere in this book because I've read approximately 150k words of good omens fanfiction instead. But anyway. It's cool enough for my hot latte today, which is a blessing because the rest is pretty shitty; my back decided to finally protest against the sedentary lifestyle my ankle is forcing me into, and I have bad cramps. Plus Lucas isn't back from Canada until tomorrow, so I still have to clean some.

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annamatopoetry
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Formal writing is disembodied in the same way that formal speech is. Like a news anchor is supposed to be a conduit for the news, not its maker, the images of formal writing represents the content, not the author.

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annamatopoetry
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Hey won't you look at that (I'll style a better photo when it's been read. And it's daytime.)

Buechersuechtling 😍 Looks _so_ comfy. 3d
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ness
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I love the Lingthusiam podcast, so I‘m super psyched to read Gretchen McCulloch‘s new book!

MelissaSue81 This sounds fascinating. Do you think it plays well on audio? I was thinking it might be one better to read in print.
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ness @MelissaSue81 So far, I‘m liking it on audio! I haven‘t felt like I‘ve missed anything. 2mo
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

A fun look at the development of language and communication through different technological advances.

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annamatopoetry
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Got an email this morning that my preordered copy was shipped. Should be here Wednesday!!

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“Sometimes, the unbounded geography of the internet is amazing: I can carry friends in my pocket everywhere I go, and there‘s someone around at every time of the day or night.” #AdvanceReaderCopy

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akaGingerK
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Breakfast reading. I‘ve already hit lines that I would love to hear my linguist friend‘s reactions to.