A fizzing take on how the internet is transforming language by the resident linguist at Wired. A critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
Gretchen McCulloch writes about linguistics for a general audience,
especially internet language. She writes the Resident Linguist
column at Wired. McCulloch has a master's in linguistics from
McGill University, runs the blog All Things Linguistic, and cohosts
the Lingthusiasm podcast. She lives in Montreal, but also on the
Because Internet…illustrates how many of us feel about English in
the online age… It is hard not to be moved by her McCulloch is an
engaging writer who clearly adores her subject
Covers the backstory of how tildes became the punctuation mark for ~whimsy and sarcasm~...and when we started repeating certainnnnn lettersssssssss for emphasis
A fascinating analysis
McCulloch offers a compelling snapshot of a world in flux, from which readers will learn a lot about language, the internet and themselves
In prose at once scholarly and user-friendly, McCulloch unpacks the evolution of language in the digital age, providing a comprehensive survey of everything from the secret language of emojis to the appeal of animal memes.
McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject
*New York Times*
Rather than obsessing about what the internet is doing to language, [Because Internet] largely focuses on what can be learned about language from the internet. . . . McCulloch's book is about the birth of a new medium.
McCulloch’s book is a good start in guiding readers to consider the wild language of the internet as a thing of wonder—a valuable feature, not a bug.
*Wall Street Journal*
An effervescent study of how the digital world is transfiguring English
*The New Yorker*
A compelling narrative rich with examples from her own online activities, a healthy dose of humor, and plenty of cat memes… the breadth of topics covered—from conversation analysis to meme culture to the development of texting as we now know it—makes this book useful, engaging, and enjoyable.