Thinking Like a Dog, English Writing Evolves

Two more snippets from the Internet. (It's just one of those days where interesting things are happening elsewhere.)

Dog owners will appreciate and understand Khoi Vinh's logic flowchart for dogs. It revolves around eating and napping and reminds me a lot of Missy and Rufus, our two Labradors back home:

Missy and Rufus

Though they're much bigger now -- both age-wise and size-wise -- than they are in that photograph. Oh, and the comments to Vinh's post are great too so make sure you read those.

Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that, thanks to the Internet Age (or Information Age, whatever), the Oxford English Dictionary has dropped the hyphen from about 16,000 words in the latest edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

They did this after reviewing "2 billion words, consisting of full sentences that appeared in newspapers, books, Web sites and blogs from 2000 onwards". Ah, the joys of witnessing the evolution of a living language.