A linguistics-lathered linkspam

A hacked list of millions of passwords reveals that people are wildly uncreative. (The top thirty include “12345”, “123456”, “1234567”, “12345678”, and “123456789”, as well as a bunch of names, including “nicole”, “daniel”, “jessica”, and “anthony”. No idea how “tigger” made it in there, but somehow it ranked.)

Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology. I lol’d.

A history of attempts at American spelling reform, from the success of Noah Webster to the dismal failure of Teddy Roosevelt to the current trends in, yes, text messaging.

Encouraging contributions to the Swahili version of Wikipedia. The resource that in English stands out among other Internet venues mostly for its potential to be abused (see: Colbert, elephants) is, in some languages, the biggest and best free online repository of information in existence.

The power of word choice in its crazy, crazy action: Most people think “gay men & lesbians” should be allowed to serve in the military; however, when it comes to “homosexuals”, the numbers are split down the middle.

A rousing defense of scanlations, especially when it gets the industry to care more about accuracy. (This is one of the discussion threads spinning off of the ongoing plagiarism-of-Bleach scandal.)

Speaking of which: My Favorite Magma, or “the titles your grandmother would say if someone asked her what anime shows you were into.”

Plus, new manga – the original kind, even! – is now coming out of the United Arab Emirates. Cultural interchange FTW.

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