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[There is a] general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.”

Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings.

We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.

In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.


A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.

This is my favourite part, if I do say so myself. See also the summary doge macro.

(via allthingslinguistic)

I need to read this article the next time I have five minutes SO EXCITE

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Who Created It: Matt BrownTarget Audience: Nature Enthusiasts
I find it really challenging to find logo concepts that really have fun with the typography, everything is all sans serif. While this is not an official logo, it is a concept for a real life nature sanctuary, I think this really is a beautiful use of the calligraphic style. Matt mentions that “This wildlife sanctuary attracts a loyal crowd of nature enthusiasts who hike through the salt marshes, stroll the beaches or participate in bird watching group”. I really get that feel from the logo, that is a beautiful nature spot that you can go enjoy and relax. I could also see this being great if they hold weddings, it would fit well with a lot of upscale events. Even at 1 inch sizing you can read what it says, and it would work well in black and white. I would love to see this expanded to signs around the park, and I could see it working well in promotional or fundraising material. 
Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2013