This week a map that shows shifts in the popularity of female baby names in the US over the last 60 years went viral, and a list of 28 baby names that are on the rise reminded us that names are only getting weirder. (For a historical perspective and to look up the popularity of your own name, head to the Social Security Administration.)
Here’s our new favorite language game of the week: Can you recognize these languages?
The word dude turns 130 this year. (Back in 1883 it meant a “tight-trousered, brief-coated, eye-glassed, fancy-vested, sharp-toes shod, vapid youth who abounds in the Metropolis at present.”)
Twenty years of dumb new words that died.
The letter Q was outlawed in Turkey for almost a century.
And what’s a glitch anyway?
Predictions for next week’s language news:
A new Halloween-related portmanteau will stress out bibliophiles everywhere, and someone will get mad about the misuse of an apostrophe–again.
Check out last week’s news including dying alphabets and unusable words.