The Atlantic: I Am Gal, Hear Me Roar--//It's time to reclaim the female version of "guy."//

The art of visual punning--A New York designer uses wordplay as the inspiration for her funny, creative brain teasers

Dictionary of American Regional English reaches final volume

The Most Popular Chinese Movie of All Time--It’s a Western. It’s a comedy. It’s a critique of corruption. It’s a send-up of the Chinese movie industry. It’s going to confuse the hell out of Americans.

NYT: Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

When Did Douche Become an Insult? And what exactly does it mean?

Did You See This? Downtown Abbey Anachronisms

Slate--Lexicon Valley:
Episode 1: Where //Did// That Sentence-Ending Preposition Rule Come From?
Episode 2: The Other F-Word--Listen to //**Slate**//’s show about the history and future of the word //faggot.//
Episode 3: Between You and I--Listen to **//Slate//**’s show about a grammar mistake that won’t die.
Episode 4: Is Black English a Dialect or a Language? Listen to **//Slate//**’s show about America’s fraught relationship with Ebonics.
Episode 5: The Story of //Ain’t//--Listen to Slate’s show about the most controversial dictionary ever published.
Episode 6:The Meaning of Scrabble--Listen to Slate’s show about how much language really matters in the hugely popular word game.

The answer to the most famous unanswerable fantasy riddle

Catchphrase Executioner-Bad sex jargon, horrible “occupy” jokes, and other terrible things we said this year.

Hearing Bilingual--How Babies Sort Out Language

More college women speak in creaks, thanks to pop stars

Why people with a sweet tooth are just generally sweeter people

NYT: In "Game of Thrones," a language to make the world feel real

Smithsonian: The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right--How do humans separate sarcasm from sincerity? Research on the subject is leading to insights about how the mind works. Really

NYT: Software that Listens for Lies

Ape hand gestures reveal where humans evolved language


The evolution of deceit New discoveries show that fibs and self-deception are central to our evolutionary strategy. An expert explains

Google Translate: It Already Speaks as Well as a 10-Year-Old. How Good Can it Get?

Being too polite to your waitress may cost you money

10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From Science Fiction

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Attention Must Be Paid--How the Internet is changing how people listen. Interesting example of a definition paper.


Cryptophasia--The secrets of twin speak.



Are There Hidden Messages in Pronouns? James Pennebaker says computers reveal secret patterns.

That's So Mysto--What makes slang stick?

The dirty words we dare not say--My parents instilled in me a bone-deep hatred of gross terminology. It makes being a grown-up tricky sometimes

What a Copycat--Why do we call imitators "cats"? Why not monkeys?

Lying is part of child's development, study confirms

Sophie’s Choice and Other Choice Choices

Questioning the Inca Paradox--Did the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?

The Bilingual Advantage: Interview with Ellen Bialystok. By CLAUDIA DREIFUS: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.

The Rise of "Logical Punctuation".: The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.

Science reveals what you need to do to talk people into anything