Fun With the Great American Word Mapper
The addictive tool uses geolocation and statistical clustering techniques to map the top 100,000 words used on Twitter in 2014.... READ ON
People Who Swear More May Also Be More Honest, Study Says
No, we’re not f*cking lying.... READ ON
Big Question
Where Does ‘Ditto’ Come From?
It predates Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore's on-screen exchange, and the copy machine.... READ ON
Everyone Really Hates the Word "Whatever"
For the eighth year in a row, "whatever" is the most universally abhorred word.... READ ON
11 Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites
Prepone! Dysphemism! Déjà vécu!... READ ON
How to Say Merry Christmas in 26 Different Languages
Expand your foreign language greeting repertoire beyond "Feliz Navidad."... READ ON
More People Are Using the Word Jedi in Everyday Life
The word has evolved beyond the context of 'Star Wars.'... READ ON
Peru Debuts Quechua Language News Broadcast
In an effort to raise the profile of the language and reach out to its community of speakers, Peruvian television will air a regular news program in Quechua for the first time. It is called Ñuqanchik, which translates as “all of us.”... READ ON
Trivium: The 3 Classical Liberal Arts of Language
A new book from Bloomsbury’s Wooden Books series brings together short, crisp introductions to the basic concepts in a classical course on language arts.... READ ON
Big Question
What Does 'Ms.' Stand For?
The title was made up as a way to avoid commenting on the marital status of a woman.... READ ON
9 Ways of Saying "Stupid" Across the United States
You could call someone stupid, or you could say he hasn't the sense to find his rear-end with both hands and a roadmap.... READ ON
ASL Polar Express Shows Off Developing Language Skills
We've been watching Shaylee's storytelling skills develop for a few years now.... READ ON
Wisconsin Mall Features Santa Who Can Sign
Deaf kids who visit the Regency Mall in Racine, Wisconsin, this year will have a chance to tell Santa what they want directly.... READ ON
What Is the Trendiest Baby Name in American History?
The answer might not sound so trendy to you.... READ ON
A Brief History of Polari, Gay England’s Once-Secret Lingo
How bona to vada your eek!... READ ON
Gift Guide
10 Grammatically Correct Gifts for Language Lovers
Give your loved one a gift that celebrates their love of language—when it's written correctly.... READ ON