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


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