Language

How am I? I'm not fine. No one is fine.
Alone in a crowd.
Picture of Jen DollJen Doll

How am I? I'm not fine. No one is fine.

What The Idiot teaches us about the failures of language
Old Slavonic grammar
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What The Idiot teaches us about the failures of language

15 English words we stole from Arabic
Arabic script
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15 English words we stole from Arabic

Why it's difficult to tell a Canadian accent from a Californian one
Not so easy, eh?
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Why it's difficult to tell a Canadian accent from a Californian one

About Trump and ellipses...
The silence is deafening.
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About Trump and ellipses...

11 words whose meanings have completely changed over time
The surprising journeys of some everyday words.
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11 words whose meanings have completely changed over time

Students don't want to learn anymore. They want to teach.
Students are missing the point.
Picture of Michael Brendan DoughertyMichael Brendan Dougherty

Students don't want to learn anymore. They want to teach.

Sherlock's bizarrely self-aware problem with women
Picture of Lili LoofbourowLili Loofbourow

Sherlock's bizarrely self-aware problem with women

How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey
A gaggle of turkeys
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How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey

What does normalize even mean?
What is the impact of normalizing someone who isn't quite normal?
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What does normalize even mean?

4 annoying sounds you need to stop making
mute sound illustration
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4 annoying sounds you need to stop making

How the insidious concept of 'the pivot' paved the way for Trump's victory
Donald Trump's pivot never happened.
Picture of Lili LoofbourowLili Loofbourow

How the insidious concept of 'the pivot' paved the way for Trump's victory

Singular or plural? It's complicated.
The fascinating history of our language transformation.
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Singular or plural? It's complicated.

The Trump Glossary
The shruggie.
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The Trump Glossary

Why can't our politicians speak English anymore?
Words didn't come easily at last night's debate.
Picture of Pascal-Emmanuel GobryPascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Why can't our politicians speak English anymore?

I thought POTUS was a venereal disease
Is it contagious?
Picture of Ruth MargolisRuth Margolis

I thought POTUS was a venereal disease

Was there ever an actual train that carried gravy?
All aboard?
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Was there ever an actual train that carried gravy?

How do you say 'pecan'?
Pecans
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How do you say 'pecan'?

'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase
Fallon Fey
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'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase

Where did the word 'dude' come from?
The Big Lebowski
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Where did the word 'dude' come from?

How Donald Trump hypnotized America
You are getting very angry.
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How Donald Trump hypnotized America

8 of our favorite ridiculously long German words
German dictionary Duden in Mannheim
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8 of our favorite ridiculously long German words

However: Everything you need to know about a commonly abused word
Next time, try but.
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However: Everything you need to know about a commonly abused word

This is how old languages add new words
How do you say "laptop" in Icelandic?
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This is how old languages add new words

Michelle Obama and the great American tradition of political rhetoric
First Lady Michelle Obama made a remarkable speech.
Picture of Pascal-Emmanuel GobryPascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Michelle Obama and the great American tradition of political rhetoric

Ban jargon!
Banning jargon can prevent multiple problems from arising.
Picture of Roxanne KhamsiRoxanne Khamsi

Ban jargon!

How to identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance
Japanese script (but, would you have known?).
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How to identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance

You're using that action verb wrong
Idiomatic expressions are part of our everyday lives.
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You're using that action verb wrong

How Donald Trump hypnotized America
You are getting very angry.
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How Donald Trump hypnotized America

How to identify any language at a glance
The key to identifying languages are in the distinctive letters and symbols.
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How to identify any language at a glance

7 history-rich insights into train terminology
A look into the roots of words relating to trains.
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7 history-rich insights into train terminology

This ancient Hawaiian philosophy will change your life and make the world a better place
Aloha is a way of life.
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This ancient Hawaiian philosophy will change your life and make the world a better place

10 commonly abused psychology words — and what they really mean
Definitions to some commonly misused words.
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10 commonly abused psychology words — and what they really mean

Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.
Is it possible to wish someone a merry Christmas without Christ?
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Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

English is weird
There's nothing like it.
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English is weird

5 subtle sounds that English speakers have trouble catching
Listening hard
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5 subtle sounds that English speakers have trouble catching