Because Internet

Understanding the New Rules of Language

Ranked #8 in Linguistics, Ranked #14 in Internetsee more rankings.

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language.

Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered...

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Andy Baio "Because Internet" is out today! @GretchenAMcC's book is an insightful look at how the internet is changing language, and I love it. Highly recommended! (Source)

Laura Helmuth @audubonsociety @asher_elbein @NicoSGonzalez @JasonWardNY If you enjoy how birb and floof and snek and other fun words and fonts and linguistic cleverness spreads through social media, you'll love @GretchenAMcC and her book Because Internet (Source)

Owen Williams if you like words, and are curious about how the lexicon of the internet grows and evolves language itself, i can't recommend 'Because Internet' enough, it's such a great book and you should buy it (Source)

Toomas Hendrik Ilves It's been a long-standing complaint that UK books are bound differently, glued, not sewed, and that the pages fall out, something I have noticed as well. Great book, btw, I just got it today. (Source)

Jen Golbeck This book is really great! Also, it's legit funny that my submitted review used ~*sparkle text*~ in reference to the discussion in the book, and the edited review only has *bold with asterisks* and no ~. I'm sure @GretchenAMcC would have thoughts! (Source)

Scott Abel @GretchenAMcC This book is great! (Source)

Erin McKean Because Internet is a joyful exploration of the newest creative upswell of English—if you want to understand why you love emoji, share memes, and don't make a sound when lol-ing, you need this book! (Source)

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