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Mouseover title: "I honestly didn't think you could even USE emoji in variable names. Or that there were so many different crying ones."


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Old School

PhD comics for 3/25/2015:

Of course, email is "old school" in the sense of "15 years ago", since 20 or 25 years ago, most students didn't have an email account.

But anyhow, this can be a real-world problem, especially for large classes, since schools generally don't yet offer a utility for txting all the students enrolled in a given course, or at least offering them that option, and instructors still assume that email notices of one kind or another will be effective.

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Quantifier scope in the comics

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The evolutionary psychology of editing

Today's Non Sequitur:

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Vowels and consonants

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Girl talk

"Girl Talk: What’s more annoying — vocal fry or the way we criticize how women speak?", by Sophie Goldstein, in The Nib ("Political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction").

Also see xkcd on "How it works".

Unfortunately, several of the associated audio clips seem to be missing (e.g. here and here), and some others load for me but then don't produce any sound. I'm not sure whether this is a problem with the clips, or a problem with the "thing link" service used to add them to the images.

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Alien metrics

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Linguists get tough on promoting language change

The latest xkcd, at

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Social change

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Outdorking word-dorks

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Creative overnegation

Today's Zits:

…plus the obligatory link to the Misnegation Archive.

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Assortative peeving

Girls With Slingshots for 12/23/2014:

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Frazz continues to explore vocabulary and its measurement:

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