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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...
Publish Date
July 23
Goodreads rating
Sep 19, 2020
@ZachWeiner You need to “Because Internet”, a Book by linguist @GretchenAMcC , who explores what this means, as well as generational and contextual variation in online punctuation use      source
Sep 30, 2019
This by @GretchenAMcC is a fascinating book about internet language. And I really like this early observation that frustrated ‘keysmash’ is actually carefully curated to look chaotic because real keysmashing is often disappointing      source
It's been a long-standing complaint that UK books are bound differently, glued, not sewed, and that the pages fall out, something I have noticed as well. Great book, btw, I just got it today.      source
Jan 15, 2020
if you like words, and are curious about how the lexicon of the internet grows and evolves language itself, i can't recommend 'Because Internet' enough, it's such a great book and you should buy it      source
Dec 13, 2019
@audubonsociety @asher_elbein @NicoSGonzalez @JasonWardNY If you enjoy how birb and floof and snek and other fun words and fonts and linguistic cleverness spreads through social media, you'll love @GretchenAMcC and her book Because Internet      source
May 31, 2019
Many months ago @GretchenAMcC answered my tweet abt kids using emoji to communicate 🦄🌬🌳🦉 with a STUDY on how it works. Now her brilliant book “Because Internet” is out & I can’t tell u how much Im loving reading it & quoting it & experiencing 🤯 if this stuff interests u, GIT      source