A week of Strong Language

It’s been a damn good first week for Strong Language. It all came together very quickly, and we’re still adjusting the details, but we’ve a great team of writers posting already or planning to post (see the growing list of contributors at the foot of the page), and a feast of fucks and sweary shit coming your way. Whether you’ve been reading from the start or just joined us, thank you, and welcome.

Word is getting around. Ben Zimmer’s generous introduction at Language Log led to notices at the Washington Post, Nerdcore (Linguistics-Blog of Fuckshit is our new nickname), and other blogs and forums. Alexis Madrigal’s 5 Intriguing Things newsletter featured James Harbeck’s inaugural post on cussword phonology, while the Paris Review blog quoted my post on swearing in John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Other blogs sharing the news include Copyediting.com, Fritinancy, so long as it’s words, Iva Cheung’s blog, the polemical brain, Bifurcated Rivets, and my own Sentence first. Readers are coming in from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Wiktionary, Plurk (surely a minced oath waiting to happen), and elsewhere. We’re grateful to everyone who visits or shares the blog.

If you’re catching up, you can see all ten of our posts so far in the “Latest” box in the right-hand sidebar, or by scrolling down on the main page. You can also follow us on Twitter at @stronglang, where we’ve been chatting about swearwords, sharing links, having slightly foul-mouthed fun, and just generally settling the fuck in. Finally, here’s a peek at our stats for the first six days:

Strong Language visitor stats days 1-6

That escalated bloody quickly.

6 thoughts on “A week of Strong Language

  1. prior December 19, 2014 / 10:30 am

    seriously though WTF? just kidding –


  2. nurn December 28, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    I think this blog is fantastic already! I’m so sick of hearing the argument that people who swear must be inarticulate or unimaginative, when that is obviously not true. Your list of contributors is very impressive, and should in itself demolish that argument.

    Yay! Well done, all.


    • Stan Carey December 28, 2014 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks, nurn! I agree – swearing can be part of a rich linguistic repertoire, not (necessarily) compensation for its lack. James Harbeck put it well when he said he cooks with many ingredients but has a great hot sauce collection.


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