Hilarity, linguistically deconstructed

By Randall & Elizabeth
This week, both members of Mapped were in London. The reason, besides friendship, was to see Louis CK's standup in a ridiculously large arena show. I (Randall) am studying linguistics, for officialZ, and as a...

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A dialectic on cute

By Elizabeth McGuane
“Why is my soup talking to me like it's a person?” I heard a friend say this recently, to no one in particular, while glaring at the back of a tub of soup. This is what...

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A linguistic investigation

By Randall Snare
The number one song in America right now is ‘We are never ever getting back together’ by the pouty, prolific songstress, Taylor Swift (here’s a video with ransom-note like lyrics only). It’s a catchy...

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The new OMG

By Randall Snare
Without much self analysis, I'm pretty sure I say 'OMG' at least once a day. I am double the age of most teenagers. I've used it as a greeting:

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The sounds of cities

By Randall Snare
Much has been written about the sounds of cities (and we just wrote about it), but usually from sounds other than our voices.
Cities have soundmarks, like landmarks. In San Francisco, it’s the sound...

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Milieu and mimicry

By Randall & Elizabeth
You know the way everyone’s starting to sound the same? It's weird, right? Here at Mapped we've noticed a tonal shift, if not seismic, at least tremorous. The way we speak online tends to blur...

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About Mapped.

We're two writers who make web things. We're interested in what makes stories go: in our brains, online, in design, fiction, culture and everywhere.

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