Ezra Vasquez

The personal blog of an applied linguist, writer, & educator

Tag: Sociolinguistics

  • Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    NPR published an article on the 2023 “banished words” according to Lake Superior State University faculty on January 1st, 2023: In their annual “Banished Words” list, the faculty of Lake Superior State University also suggest removing from your vocabulary overused phrases like “does that make sense?” and “it is what it is.” (Image credit: Christopher […]

  • The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    I’m writing this around the holidays, so I wanted to examine a mainstay of the holiday season from a linguistic perspective. The greeting card occupies a peculiar niche in the social fabric of modern society. Why do we buy cards with sentiments written by strangers to no one in particular in order to express personal […]