Hold! You crafty ones, strangers to work, and pilferers of other men’s brains. Think not rashly to lay your thievish hands upon my works. Beware! Know you not that I have a grant from the most glorious Emperor Maximilian, that not one throughout the imperial dominion shall be allowed to print or sell fictitious imitations of these engravings? Listen! And bear in mind that if you do so, through spite or through covetousness, not only will your goods be confiscated, but your bodies also placed in mortal danger.
[This] caution to the literary pirates of his day is appended by Albert Diirer to his edition of Epitome in diva; parthenices Maria, folio. Nuremberg, 1511
Possibly doesn't count as outright evangelism — perhaps it's merely evangelism-adjacent — but this week's Boston Globe column is on Hulkspeak in Hulktweets.
Thesaurus evangelism: Wordnik launches a new thesaurus, with a really cool word-comparison-shopping feature (dreamed up & implemented by my awesome co-workers, with special props to Kumanan and John).
There's a new ODE out! It includes vuvuzela, only a month after the end of the World Cup! (And only two months after it showed up in Wordnik, as discovered by Language Log commenters.) That must have taken a little bit of last-minute page finagling.
Mental Floss included this blog in their roundup of Niche English Language Blogs. I think they're trying to guilt me into posting more often — seems like it worked!
Lots of great blogs in the list, including one of my all-time favorites, The Rosa Parks of Blogs. Just go check it out, you won't regret it.
And: bonus new word: erinnophily, the study of decorative labels.