Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.
All words had to start somewhere—but sometimes, after much searching and analyzing, no satisfying origin explanation can be found. ... READ ON
Without a new generation of Speakers, the Native American language could die out in a few generations.... READ ON
English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. There are some old words, however, that are nearly obsolete, but we still recognize because they were lucky enough to get stuck in set phrases that have lasted across the centuries. Here are 12 lucky words that survived by getting fossilized in idioms.... READ ON
The world of automatic translation is a complex, strange, and wondrous place. Be careful out there.... READ ON
Based on the tremendous reaction to this recent piece about sign language interpretation, we thought you might like to know more about it. Here are seven things about sign language that might surprise you.1. Different countries have different sign... READ ON
These scripts remain mysterious. ... READ ON
Nutella engaged a panel of dialect scholars to put together a guide to 135 characteristic expressions from 16 regions of Italy.... READ ON
What we say today shapes the vocabulary of tomorrow.... READ ON
When dragonflies mate, their tails form a heart.