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Oxford Bags, the Ridiculously Wide-Legged Trousers of the 1920s
Many decades before JNCOs, British rowers took their pants to extreme dimensions.
September 22, 2017
Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Is From the Bronx—So What's With the Name?
Examining the phenomenon of the faux-foreign product.
September 05, 2017
The Unsolvable Mystery of the Word 'Hoosier'
No one seems to know how we got this nickname for people from Indiana.
August 22, 2017
Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights?
There's great comfort in being covered.
August 15, 2017
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 06, 2017
Why Maine Is Mad for This Coffee-Flavored Liqueur
Allen's Coffee Brandy is more popular than vodka or whiskey.
June 21, 2017
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
Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs
Don't mess with mineralwasser.
May 15, 2017
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 07, 2017
'Miami English' and the Linguistic Oddness of South Florida
South Beach speech is like no other.
April 04, 2017
Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name
Everyone knows a Nguyen, but how did that come to be?
March 28, 2017
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
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