Blog on, bloggone it!

Even my blog snubbed me. I couldn’t post a word over the weekend as the blog shut me out.

I turned to my kindly web hosts who did their magic and managed to post to my blog. But when I tried to post, no dice. The blog seized up. It wouldn’t publish my bloviations.
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Yesterday once more on TuneIn.com

TuneIn.com

TuneIn.com

It’s night time in Singapore, another new day in America and a radio station in Florida is playing oldies, taking me back in time as the music rings clear as a bell from my computer. The joys of internet radio.

The DJ comes on and talks about the songs we just heard: Love Is Strange by Mickey and Sylvia, Come On by Chuck Berry, Matchbox by Carl Perkins, I Wish You Would by The Four Tops, Johnny’s Still Singing by The Five Wings, and Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean.

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94% of internet users in Singapore are on social networks

Merry Christmas everyone! I see “merry Christmas” is trending both in Singapore and worldwide on Twitter. Twitter and Facebook must be deluged with Christmas greetings since almost every internet user in the world today visits social networking sites, according to the internet marketing research company, ComScore.

In Singapore, 94 per cent of the internet users are social networking, as you can see in this chart showing social network usage around the world. It is taken from a ComScore report released a few days ago. Facebook has more users in Singapore than The Straits Times has readers, as we will see later in this post. The figures in the chart show the percentage of internet users using social networks in October. Ninety-eight per cent of the internet users in America and Britain use social networks, 96 per cent in Australia and 95 per cent in India.

Social network users worldwide

Social network users worldwide

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How words get into the Oxford English Dictionary

I have seen the word "linguaphile" (meaning word lover or language lover) on Dictionary.com and the Free Dictionary, but it's not there in the Oxford English Dictionary. It no longer tries to be comprehensive. "The language is expanding so fast this may be an impossible mission," said Edmund Weiner, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Mark Abley recalls their conversation in his book, The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English, where he also writes about Singlish and other variants of the English language, as I mentioned here.

"The Internet poses problems," said Weiner. "We tend to avoid citing the Web unless we feel we really have to. What we've tended to cite are newsgroups and discussion groups – they guarantee to archive them for a long time. We've occasionally taken quotations from websites. But we don't like doing that."

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