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Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?
The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
January 10, 2017
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F-word substitutes vary by region.
December 15, 2016
Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?
That suspicious new London lilt may not be as put-on as it seems.
November 29, 2016
Why Justin Timberlake Sings 'May' Instead of 'Me'
Linguistics and vocal styling converge in this late '90s pop trend.
November 10, 2016
The First People to Push the Panic Button Were Korean War Pilots
What started as a last-ditch safety tool became a way for soldiers to make fun of each other.
November 04, 2016
How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm
The story behind the strange way Katharine Hepburn (and others) spoke.
October 27, 2016
What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery
Whalers wrote about woggins all the time. What in the world were they?
October 26, 2016
Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English
The real enemy? "You guys."
October 13, 2016
Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent
The linguistic field of prosody, the story of melody, pitch, and other hard-to-study verbal traits, is suddenly hot.
September 26, 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
Do You Know the New York Accent Better Than a New Yorker?
There's a quiz.
September 12, 2016
Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent
A small North Carolina island shows how different the Southern accent can be.
September 01, 2016
Is There a Place in America Where People Speak Without Accents?
Newscasters and Stephen Colbert seem to think so.
August 23, 2016
How to Tell an Australian From a New Zealander
Bloody hell, mate, don't get it wrong.
August 09, 2016
The Linguistic Turf Wars Over the Singular 'They'
It could be close to mainstream acceptance.
August 08, 2016
The Strangely Perplexing Problem of Communicating Numbers Out Loud
August 02, 2016
The 17th-Century Language that Divided Everything in the Universe into 40 Categories
So much effort. Such little payoff.
July 28, 2016
We Uncovered the Hidden Patterns in Clinton and Trump's Most Common Phrases
Linguists dissected over 100,000 words from their speeches.
July 21, 2016
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