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September 10, 2010

Friday Recap: Linguistic Trip Edition

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Holla if you’re hyped for the weekend! Let’s light it off with a recap.


With summer mostly behind us, you’ll probably be storing away the barbecue soon. But don’t let that stop you from juicy, fire-grilled goodness. Matt McGee shared the Consumer Reports ratings for the best burgers in the country. I’m definitely on board the In-N-Out wagon but I’ll admit my curiosity is tickled by Five Guys Burgers and Fries. May be time for a burger throw down? [Research trip! —Susan]

It’s also time to roast Sarah Palin for introducing the non-word “refudiate” into the American lexicon. One of the summer’s most searched for “words” is a blend of “refute” and “repudiate” and is finding favor with supporters of the former Alaska governor. It isn’t likely to join hybrids like “blog” and “guesstimate” in the dictionary, according to Merriam-Webster.

While we’re butchering the English language, can you translate this increasingly common example of online social interaction?

“BTW, did U know IMHO people on FB don’t meet FTF, but send a DM to their friends? If I have to send U a RT on that, I’ll be LOL. LMK what you think. Thx. TTYL.”

Of course you can read that (even though it makes no sense), because we’ve become accustomed to the bastardized communication stylings of Twitter and the like. Before you adopt this tortured tongue, take a moment to decide just how far you’re willing to let the language slip. Being that September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month, I know a few people who’d appreciate your showing some respect to the old school. [Can haz respekt pls? —Susan]

On the other hand, you may prefer the ease of online social communication in all its free-for-all glory better than the potential awkwardness of real-world interface. Hyperbole and a Half sums up the trouble in four eerily familiar levels of social entrapment. I’ll let the comic speak for itself, though not for me. I’d never think any of that if we ran into each other on the street. And come over any time. (Call first.)

Google Instant was released into the wild this week, but more exciting to me? Google’s bouncing ball logo from Tuesday. And I’m not the only one who had fun with it:

If you missed the sign, we’ve now entered the crazy cat lady portion of the recap. Why devote ramblings to kitties? Well, my sister just got this adorable furball. More to the point, cats are awesome!

One IKEA store in the UK likes cats so much that they let 100 felines run loose in the store for a night. Kitty chaos and human amusement ensue. What a bunch of cool cats.

Before we venture into the miscellanea, here’s an exploded pony for good measure. Kaboom! (No ponies were hurt in the filming of this episode.)

How’d you like to win an iPad? Pixelsilk is giving the winner of the CMS Nightmare contest their very own shiny Apple tablet. To enter, submit your story of how a CMS gave you or a client hell by the end of the day. Finally, a way to profit from the suffering.

A moment of silence please for Bloglines. Jettisoned by discerning writers ages ago, news came this week that the service was going to be pining for the fjords soon enough. This sparked something of a bidding war over on Twitter.

Lisa Barone got things started.

Lisa bid

But Andy Beal soon counter-offered.
Andy bid

In the end, it was Mike Streko who made the most appealing bid.
Streko bid

Congratulations, Streko.

At the SEOmoz seminar this month, some top experts shared presentations on topics including XML Sitemap submission, Twitter data analysis, site architecture, SEO audits, advanced keyword selection and more. Some of the top tips of the mozinar have been rounded up on

If that isn’t sweet enough for you, have a marshmallow. Actually, have an entire cereal made of just those little, crispy marshmallows. When winter comes, those rainbow-colored sugar cubes will hit the spot in a steaming mug of cocoa.

And for a final nostalgic feeling before you head out to your weekend, original prototypes of iconic toys and products spark a warm and gooey feeling unmatched by even the tiniest crunchy marshmallow. I know. That’s strong stuff. All the better to keep it popping this weekend! Have an awesome one!

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8 responses to “Friday Recap: Linguistic Trip Edition”

  1. Virginia Nussey writes:


  2. Andy @ FirstFound writes:

    Ahh, I love the crazy cat lady portion of the recap.

  3. Virginia Nussey writes:

    Lisa? Starting controversy? Never. ;)

  4. Lisa Barone writes:

    I always get in trouble for starting things. I’m totally innocent.

  5. Virginia Nussey writes:

    ROFLMAO! Glad to bring it back, Keri.

  6. Keri Morgret writes:

    I remember some of those bastardized communication stylings from the 1980s dialup modem days. One of the multi-line BBSs had not much more than 140 characters in its chat mode, and another had built in shortcodes. I learned ROFL as ROTFL, and used AFK a lot too (and was surprised when someone recently had no idea what that meant).

    And my poor mother thought language was being abbreviated too much back then!

  7. Virginia Nussey writes:

    No doubt. And if they’re smart, those Newports are gonna go far for IAC, too.

  8. Streko writes:

    Im so gonna do great things with bloglines!

    I will say this, its kinda sad when we have to remove pages like this one off of KnowEm – Blog lines is number 34 to be removed since the site opened.

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