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What Makes This Special-Edition VW From the '90s Look So Cool?
According to the fashion industry, it's all about colorblocking and maximal minimalism.
March 09, 2017
'Da Kine,' Hawaii's Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun
It means everything and nothing at the same time.
March 02, 2017
The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses
They are especially unusual in Japanese.
January 27, 2017
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?
The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
January 10, 2017
Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From
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
How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm
The story behind the strange way Katharine Hepburn (and others) spoke.
October 27, 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
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
The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures
It's a $178 million industry, and no one knows if it works.
July 28, 2016
Meet Waterbod, the David Attenborough Of Instagram
You'll see L.A.'s animal kingdom in a whole new way.
July 21, 2016
How Dirt Houses Became Beloved By The Tiny House Movement
Meet the wondrous cob.
July 14, 2016
What Do You Call the Corner Store?
Bodega, deli, packie, offy, party store and more.
July 07, 2016
Why It's So Hard to Find, Let Alone Save, the World's Cutest Porpoise
The tiny mammal is facing imminent extinction after only being discovered in 1987.
July 06, 2016
I Asked Leading Entomologists: 'What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?'
Some insects can count, recognize human faces, even invent languages.
June 23, 2016
In A City Of Murals, The Simplest One Stands Out
The bright pink wall of this L.A. clothing store has become an Instagram icon.
June 16, 2016
What It's Like to Run a Fan Site For the Arguably Worst Team in NBA History
The Philadelphia 76ers have brought shame to the City of Brotherly Love.
June 09, 2016
What's Going On with the Way Canadians Say ‘About'?
It's not pronounced how you think it is.
June 01, 2016
The Delightful Perversity of Québec's Catholic Swears
The Canadian province has expletives like no other.
May 26, 2016
Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree
Meet America's deadliest tree. Found in Florida, of course.
May 19, 2016
Everything You Know About Mole Sauce Is A Lie
If what you know is that mole's most important ingredient is chocolate.
May 12, 2016
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