Around the Web: Nobels, Twitter and Dying Alphabets

It’s prize time! Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize, and the National Book Award finalists were announced (with free excerpts).

And now a look at words in the wild:

Auto-antonyms and other unusuable terms.

Twitter founders used a print dictionary to determine the now-ubiquitous brand name. #longreads

Ben Schott makes up 17 funny and useful words based on absurd Germanic compounds.

Is the Internet killing non-Latin alphabets? No, it might be saving them.

Predictions for next week’s language news:

More musicians/celebrities/sycophants will write open letters to Miley Cyrus about her grammar use.

Want more language news? Check out last week’s installment.