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Chaucer Invented the Word Tweet, and Other News

October 29, 2012 | by

  • Geoffrey Chaucer “provides our earliest ex. of twitter, verb: of a bird: to utter a succession of light tremulous notes; to chirp continuously.” See this, and his other contributions to language, on this handy-dandy word cloud.
  • Garcia Marquez takes Mexico City! (He already lives there, but the city is celebrating fifty years of calling Gabo a son with some forty thousand posters.)
  • This flowchart outlines how to publish a book (and makes it look so easy and colorful!).
  • William Faulkner and Woody Allen are in a feud. Okay, it’s actually the Faulkner Estate and Sony Pictures, which used a Faulkner quote in Midnight in Paris.
  • Happy birthday, American Antiquarian Society.
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