Hello, G’day, Howdy — what English do you speak?

It’s going to be interesting to see how the growth of the Internet worldwide affects what’s considered “standard” English in the long-term. Of course, standard English is different according to whether you’re in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia… and so on. So, as the Web has developed most rapidly in the US, is US-English going to become the standard — at least in online communications? Or will there be a new language called Internet-English that’s a hybrid of the various versions? Inter-English anyone? This came to mind after reading a post on a new blog called Word Wise — Comma Read More

The most useful websites on the Internet

The Guardian has published a list of their most useful websites of 2006 — The new 100 most useful sites. It’s interesting to compare this list to their previous one in 2004 — Cream of the crop: 100 most useful websites. They rightly point out (taking the UK-view, as a British newspaper): “In 2004, the internet was a different place: there was, for example, no YouTube, and most Britons online didn’t have broadband. That’s changed dramatically: now, more than 75% of users have broadband, and the arrival of Web 2.0 has brought sites where the interaction is as fast as if it Read More