Blogroll Please…

It’s high time I started a blogroll on this page, so here goes. These are some of the sites I check on a regular basis (usually in Reader) and enjoy. This list is in no particular order, so please have a look through the whole thing. There might be something that interests you. And from now on, there will be a blogroll on the right side of this site.

Sentence First – This is a great site by Stan Carey, who also contributes to the Macmillan Dictionary Blog and the Visual Thesaurus. The post are 99% language related and 100% interesting. Check it out. [Bonus: Stan currently has a limerick contest going on. Get in while there’s still time!]

Abstract Sunday – This is a not-updated-often-enough comic at the New York Times by artist by Christopher Niemann. But it’s awesome.

Bangable Dudes in History – in one word: awesome

Better Book Titles – This is comedian Dan Wilbur’s blog that promises to “cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image.” As he says, “Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!” Bonus: 5 posts a week!

Macmillan Dictionary Blog – Frequent updates on the English language by several contributors. The topics are interesting, as are the comments. I highly recommend this one. [Full disclosure: Back in May, I won a Macmillan Dictionary in one of their contests. But isn’t this just another reason to check them out? You too could be one of the lucky contestants on The Price is Free if You Win it!]

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – Does this one need an introduction? If you haven’t heard of it, peep this.

FactCheck.org – If you’re going to vote in America, do us all a favor and check this site out.

Johnson – From the Economist and one of my favorite language blogs. As they say, “In this blog, named after the dictionary-maker Samuel Johnson, our correspondents write about the effects that the use (and sometimes abuse) of language have on politics, society and culture around the world.”

The Pervocracy – Insightful and witty blog posts about sex, feminism, and identity. This site rules, especially because the Cosmocking articles are so awesome.

Kim Jong-il Looking at Things – Pretty self-explanatory – the Dear Leader likes to look at things.

Language Log – Keeping you up to date with linguistic happenings around the world and in real time (so you don’t have to wait years for those juicy linguistic studies to come out).

mental_floss Blog – The blog from the magazine mental_floss. Topics are across the board but always interesting. Bonus: quizzes and mind games!

Shott’s Vocab(sniff)

The Salty Droid – Making sure that scammers are exposed for the vile, wastes of space, criminals they are. The lingo can be overwhelming at first, but once you get through, you can really see (and appreciate) how much work this guy puts into each post and how important what he’s doing is.

COCKTALES, by the Thirsty Blogger – Drinking tales, with the occasional badass revolutionary tale thrown in. Homeboy knows how to party – and stick it to the Man.

Dangerous Minds – Music, art, and conservative smack downs. And you thought liberals couldn’t get irate.

Dialect Blog – Another one that needs no explanation.

Smithsonian Magazine Blogs – The Smithsonian has a couple of different blogs worth following (one of which is in the blogroll on the right). Go here for their full list of their feeds.

Babel’s Dawn – a “blog about the origins of speech by Edmund Blair Bolles.”

Love the Liberry – True tales from inside the liberry. The bat shit crazy nature of the questions that these liberrians deal with is astounding. And hilarious.

Oxford Dictionaries Online Blog – This blog was only recently made followable, so I haven’t read it too much. But they also have a word of the day, quote of the day, and writing tip of the week that I can vouch for. Go here to subscribe to those.

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Author: Joe McVeigh

I'm a linguist who researches email marketing. I also teach at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. I write about language and linguistics on my blog, ...And Read All Over, and I write about language and marketing on my other blog, Email and Linguistics.

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