Making “selfie” official might make you cringe now, but in 30 years people might wonder how it was ever *not* there. Here are some other popular words coined in recent decades and the years in which they were first cited in the Oxford English Dictionary.
In Hawaii both sides of the marriage equality debate defend their message with Native Hawaiian or kanaka maoli words or expressions. How can this be?
From phonetics to pragmatics, baby. How you know you’ve spent too much time thinking about language.
Obviously we all know that linguistics is awesome. Because language is awesome. Thus we are awesome. Let’s now sit around and be awesome whilst we awesomely study something so awesome.
“You know, God neva send me, his Boy, inside da world fo punish da peopo.”
God bless the wonderful dialects of Britain. Click beneath each word to reveal its meaning.
It’s on the tip of your tongue.
That word to the left says “THORN” you pervs. A quick linguistic lesson on why Olde English isn’t as funky sounding as you thought.
Soda or pop? Sneakers or tennis shoes? Dust bunny or house moss? Social media is giving new life to these differences in regional speech.
Why do we sound so dumb when we talk about communication? Maybe because our verbs aren’t really verbs.
Count each F once in the passage below…
The idea that your mother tongue shapes your experience of the world may be true after all.
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Research into grammar suggests that a significant proportion of native English speakers are unable to understand some basic sentences. The findings - which undermine the assumption that all speakers have a core ability to use grammatical cues - could have significant implications for education
Philogist Marina Orlova of Hot For Words provides the origins behind the phrase “to pull a boner.” And then she shows her boobs. Just kidding! She’s a philogist, you guys!
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