Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
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From Pidgins to Creoles
Do Languages Simplify Over Time?
Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa?
New Life for Dying Languages
In the Negative
Why Do Languages Have Contractions?
The Incredible Lightness of Being
Is There a Jewish Way of Talking?
Mining Graffiti for Slang
That's Not a Word, Is It?
The Language of Female Friendships
The Euphemism Treadmill
Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton
Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial
Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?
What Had Happened Was Storytelling
Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read
Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus
What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival"
Black Like Us
Language Lessons of Past Presidents
Whither Didst Thou Go?
Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?
Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.
What Is a Dictionary, Really?
The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes
Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update?
Are Emoji a Language?
Finding Life in a Dead Language
Rules Are Made to Be Spoken
The Tragedy of English Spelling
Your Brain on Profanity
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!
The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?
A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish
Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt
The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump
A British Insult Fit for Trump
They Had a Good Year
The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage
Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms
Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em!
Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology
A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia
A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix
Seven Centuries of F--ks
An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing
How New York Became the Big Apple
Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?
What Do You Mean What Is It Like?
LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies
What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld?
LinguaFile XIII | Bozo
The Pollyanna Hypothesis
LinguaFile XII | Kibitz
M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven!
LinguaFile XI | Seersucker
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel
LinguaFile IX | Carnival
LinguaFile VIII | Quiz
The Many Lives of Anna Karenina
LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie
Exposure to Vape Culture
LinguaFile VI | Grog
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?
LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat
LinguaFile IV | Snark
Man on the Street
LinguaFile III | Orange
LinguaFile II | Lagniappe
The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro
LinguaFile I | Discombobulate
Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf
Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language
Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides
Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No
Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not"
Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity
Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement
Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right
Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone
Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude
Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four
Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing
Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive
Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II
Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw
Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On
Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up
Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper