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John Green of Mental Floss explains the real stories behind 56 acronyms, initialisms and initials in their latest 6-minute video. Green explains the ‘K’ in Kmart, the ‘JC’ in JCPenny, SCUBA, a handful of well known initials and more. Previously: 35 Facts About Mr. Rogers [ MentalFloss ]3 weeks ago
Last month I wrote about the dramatic, grammatic evolution of LOL , referring to two talks on texting by linguist John McWhorter in which he describes LOL ’s shift from straightforward initialism (“laughing out loud”) to pragmatic particle marking empathy and shared experience.* One of McWhorter’s talks ...3 weeks ago
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