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features

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Is From the Bronx—So What's With the Name?

Examining the phenomenon of the faux-foreign product.
September 5, 2017
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linguistics

The Unsolvable Mystery of the Word 'Hoosier'

No one seems to know how we got this nickname for people from Indiana.
August 22, 2017
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sleep

Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights?

There's great comfort in being covered.
August 15, 2017
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linguistics

Why People From Manchester Are Mancunians, Not Manchesterians

Demonyms are vital to our conceptions of ourselves, but the rules behind them can be pretty messy.
July 6, 2017
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maine

Why Maine Is Mad for This Coffee-Flavored Liqueur

Allen's Coffee Brandy is more popular than vodka or whiskey.
June 21, 2017
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bookstores

How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck

"This is literature. It's not just puzzles, it's not just telling a nice story."
May 22, 2017
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water

Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs

Don't mess with mineralwasser.
May 15, 2017
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cars

Cracking the Secret Code of Car Names

How a jumble of numbers and letters came to convey fanciness, while cute names came to mean value.
April 7, 2017
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linguistics

'Miami English' and the Linguistic Oddness of South Florida

South Beach speech is like no other.
April 4, 2017
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linguistics

Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name

Everyone knows a Nguyen, but how did that come to be?
March 28, 2017
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fashion

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 9, 2017
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linguistics

'Da Kine,' Hawaii's Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun

It means everything and nothing at the same time.
March 2, 2017
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linguistics

The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses

They are especially unusual in Japanese.
January 27, 2017
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linguistics

Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?

The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
January 10, 2017
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pop culture

Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From

F-word substitutes vary by region.
December 15, 2016
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linguistics

Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?

That suspicious new London lilt may not be as put-on as it seems.
November 29, 2016
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south

Why Justin Timberlake Sings 'May' Instead of 'Me'

Linguistics and vocal styling converge in this late '90s pop trend.
November 10, 2016
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linguistics

How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm

The story behind the strange way Katharine Hepburn (and others) spoke.
October 27, 2016
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united states

Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English

The real enemy? "You guys."
October 13, 2016
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jews

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
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american south

Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent

A small North Carolina island shows how different the Southern accent can be.
September 1, 2016
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america

Is There a Place in America Where People Speak Without Accents?

Newscasters and Stephen Colbert seem to think so.
August 23, 2016
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hangovers

The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures

It's a $178 million industry, and no one knows if it works.
July 28, 2016
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underwater week

Meet Waterbod, the David Attenborough Of Instagram

You'll see L.A.'s animal kingdom in a whole new way.
July 21, 2016