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

The long, misunderstood, vaguely embarrassing history of the slur 'Indian giver'
The real story behind the term.
Analysis

The long, misunderstood, vaguely embarrassing history of the slur 'Indian giver'

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

The wacky world of apostrophes, explained
Apostrophes have been dropped from many words but the punctuation still remains strong
Analysis

The wacky world of apostrophes, explained

The upside of emoji
All of the emoji.
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The upside of emoji

Vocal fry: The fascinating history of 'Kardashian speak'
Kardashians
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Vocal fry: The fascinating history of 'Kardashian speak'

Hillary Clinton, and the surprising history of elder statesmen writing like tweens
Texting with Hillary.
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Hillary Clinton, and the surprising history of elder statesmen writing like tweens

The curious linguistic histories of ump, imp, amp, omp, and empt
Linguistics.
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The curious linguistic histories of ump, imp, amp, omp, and empt

The forgotten origins of 9 common clichés
Time to learn the ropes.
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The forgotten origins of 9 common clichés

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

5 words we've forgotten how to pronounce
Confused words
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5 words we've forgotten how to pronounce

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

Stop calling possessives 'possessive'
Dog with bone
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Stop calling possessives 'possessive'

What Americans will sound like in 2050
Language
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What Americans will sound like in 2050

Why there's no such thing as a 'bicep': A tour of words that sound like plurals but aren't
Yahtzee
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Why there's no such thing as a 'bicep': A tour of words that sound like plurals but aren't

12 of the most important phrases to know in every language
World flags
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12 of the most important phrases to know in every language

Does English only need 850 words? This guy thought so.
The guy who tried to edit English
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Does English only need 850 words? This guy thought so.

This language is based only on whistles
Whistles
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This language is based only on whistles

15 common expressions younger generations won't understand
Teens
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15 common expressions younger generations won't understand

Why do we say 'believe you me'?
Chaucer
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Why do we say 'believe you me'?

5 cool apps that will help you learn a new language
Smartphone
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5 cool apps that will help you learn a new language

Why babies in every country on Earth say 'mama'
Baby
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Why babies in every country on Earth say 'mama'

Where does the expression 'hands down' come from?
Hands down
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Where does the expression 'hands down' come from?

17 'bon' figures of speech from Louisiana French
New Orleans
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17 'bon' figures of speech from Louisiana French

How a bag of potato chips can spy on you
Bag of chips
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How a bag of potato chips can spy on you

Hear what rapping sounds like in 14 different languages
Headphones
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Hear what rapping sounds like in 14 different languages

This is what American Sign Language looked like 100 years ago
Sign language
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This is what American Sign Language looked like 100 years ago

Game of Thrones: 8 fun facts about the Valyrian language
Game of Thrones
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Game of Thrones: 8 fun facts about the Valyrian language

What Americans will sound like in 2050
Language
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What Americans will sound like in 2050

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like
Jousting
Audiophile: Listen Smarter

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

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

What we talk about when we talk about (word) copulation
Chainlink
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What we talk about when we talk about (word) copulation

11 best uses of bad grammar from The Simpsons
The Simpsons.
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11 best uses of bad grammar from The Simpsons

Where are all the high-paying jobs for Spanish speakers?
Job fair
Analysis

Where are all the high-paying jobs for Spanish speakers?

Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island
Travelers at Ellis Island
Audiophile: Listen Smarter

Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island

How deaf people come up with signs for slang terms like 'photobomb'
Photobomb
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How deaf people come up with signs for slang terms like 'photobomb'