Language

The lost art of being reasonable
Freedom of Speech.
Picture of Damon LinkerDamon Linker

The lost art of being reasonable

How the Founding Fathers encourage political violence
Donald Trump.
Picture of Bonnie KristianBonnie Kristian

How the Founding Fathers encourage political violence

Why banning 'harmful' online speech is a slippery slope
A police officer.
Picture of Cathy YoungCathy Young

Why banning 'harmful' online speech is a slippery slope

What the language police miss about offensive words
Amy Coney Barrett.
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What the language police miss about offensive words

A parent's guide to teen slang
A teenager.
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A parent's guide to teen slang

Is an emoji a word? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Face with tears of joy says it all.
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Is an emoji a word? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Google wants to finish your sentences. That's a problem.
A robot writer.
Analysis

Google wants to finish your sentences. That's a problem.

Trump's authentically untruthful response to impeachment
President Trump.
Picture of Bonnie KristianBonnie Kristian

Trump's authentically untruthful response to impeachment

The unsurprising decline of childhood literacy in America
A classroom.
Picture of Matthew WaltherMatthew Walther

The unsurprising decline of childhood literacy in America

The false promise of the lie detector
A polygraph.
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The false promise of the lie detector

Why 'little' is the most brutal insult Trump can imagine
President Trump.
Picture of Jeva LangeJeva Lange

Why 'little' is the most brutal insult Trump can imagine

In the future, will the English language be full of accented characters?
Letters.
Analysis

In the future, will the English language be full of accented characters?

10 signature foods with borrowed names
Shrimp tempura.
Analysis

10 signature foods with borrowed names

The insidious sexism of 'resting bitch face'
Emojis.
Picture of Samantha GrossmanSamantha Grossman

The insidious sexism of 'resting bitch face'

What are you smocking? A brief guide to Trump's many misspellings.
President Trump.
Analysis

What are you smocking? A brief guide to Trump's many misspellings.

There's a perfect German word for America's perpetually enraged culture
A screaming man.
Analysis

There's a perfect German word for America's perpetually enraged culture

The death of sacred speech
Bible pages.
Analysis

The death of sacred speech

The delicate art of using linguistics to identify an anonymous author
A thumbprint.
Analysis

The delicate art of using linguistics to identify an anonymous author

Dashes and hyphens: A comprehensive guide
A definition of dashes.
Analysis

Dashes and hyphens: A comprehensive guide

The new rules of CaPiTaLiZaTiOn
A man and a capital A.
Analysis

The new rules of CaPiTaLiZaTiOn

How America normalized the murder of schoolchildren
Santa Fe High School.
Picture of Matthew WaltherMatthew Walther

How America normalized the murder of schoolchildren

The curious case of people who can't stop speaking in foreign accents
A female mouth.
Analysis

The curious case of people who can't stop speaking in foreign accents

What's not to like about 'like'?
Like it?
Analysis

What's not to like about 'like'?

Why on Earth does the Olympics still refer to hundreds of athletes as 'ladies'?
Winter Olympic athletes from China.
Analysis

Why on Earth does the Olympics still refer to hundreds of athletes as 'ladies'?

How the world's languages handle thorny gender issues
Gender is complicated in other countries, too.
Analysis

How the world's languages handle thorny gender issues

Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.
Baby Jesus.
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Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

Why so strangely Yoda speaks?
'The Empire Strikes Back.'
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Why so strangely Yoda speaks?

How 'thoughts and prayers' became the stock phrase of tragedies
The White House holds a moment of silence on the South Lawn for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
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How 'thoughts and prayers' became the stock phrase of tragedies

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH
The Incredible Hulk, 2003.
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A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language
Game of Thrones.
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Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language

Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island
An Italian family prepares to pass through Ellis Island, 1905.
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Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island

Impress your fellow Americans with the patriotic etymologies of these July 4 words
An illustration of John Hancock at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Impress your fellow Americans with the patriotic etymologies of these July 4 words

Why even terrible spellers love the spelling bee
A boy competes in the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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Why even terrible spellers love the spelling bee

How quaint 18th-century 'spell-fights' evolved into the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Peg McCarthy, winner of the 51st National Spelling Bee.
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How quaint 18th-century 'spell-fights' evolved into the Scripps National Spelling Bee

How Trump trumped trump
Trumping trump.
Analysis

How Trump trumped trump