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December 02, 2016
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November 09, 2016
Let's Choose a New Name for 'Indian Summer'
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October 18, 2016
A Brief History of the Evolution of Locker Room Talk
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October 11, 2016
Across Human Language, Some Basic Vocabulary Words Sound the Same
A massive analysis of two-thirds of the world's languages found some words are associated with specific sounds.
September 15, 2016
6 New Entries Added to Oxford English Dictionary in Honor of Roald Dahl
September 13, 2016
Do You Know the New York Accent Better Than a New Yorker?
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September 12, 2016
There's New Evidence in the Mystery of Neil Armstrong's Missing 'A'
He really could have said, "One small step for a man."
September 08, 2016
The Linguistic Turf Wars Over the Singular 'They'
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The 17th-Century Language that Divided Everything in the Universe into 40 Categories
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Bexell's Talking Stones
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The Long Quest to Find Ashkenaz, the Birthplace of Yiddish
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June 03, 2016
The Lost Secret Sign Language of Sawmill Workers
In the 1970s, sawmill workers could talk about technical matters or insult each other in their own special sign language.
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