linguistics
Fun
Play With This Odd Voice Simulator That Mimics How Your Mouth Creates Sound
How many sounds can you figure out how to make?... READ ON
Language
Hear International Car Names Pronounced by Native Speakers
Never mispronounce names like Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai again.... READ ON
Museums
A Linguistics Museum Is Coming to Washington D.C.
Planet Word will be open to visitors of all ages and language backgrounds.... READ ON
Videos
39 U.S. City Name Origins
So that's why there's a Kansas City in Missouri.... READ ON
Language
More People Are Using the Word Jedi in Everyday Life
The word has evolved beyond the context of 'Star Wars.'... READ ON
Videos
Watch Classic Monty Python Sketches Featuring Wordplay
Michael Palin: "Do you enjoy [speaking only in anagrams?]" Eric Idle: "I stom certainly od. Revy chum so."... READ ON
Language
English-Yiddish Dictionary Breathes New Life Into a Historic Language
The "Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary" is the first work of its kind to be published in nearly 50 years.... READ ON
History
What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?
The term was first applied to people, not pumpkins.... READ ON
Language
Animated Game Seeks to Keep a Dying Aboriginal Language Alive
Players move the game forward with each word they learn.... READ ON
Words
Most Languages Use the Same Sounds for Certain Words, Study Finds
Concepts like "nose" and "tongue" share some of the same sounds no matter what language you're listening to.... READ ON
Videos
What are Auctioneers Saying When They Talk Super-Fast?
"One dollar bid, now two, now two, will you give me two?"... READ ON
Museums
National Air and Space Museum Offers Audio Tours in Klingon
You can now have the inventor of the famed 'Star Trek' language as your personal guide.... READ ON
Books
900 Copies of the World’s Most Baffling Manuscript Will Soon Be for Sale
Amateur cryptologists can try deciphering the Voynich Manuscript at home.... READ ON
Words
How to Tell Whether You've Got Angst, Ennui, or Weltschmerz
English never hesitates to borrow words that would lose certain subtleties in translation, and angst, ennui, and weltschmerz have made their way into English by offering a little something extra.... READ ON
Live Smarter
10 Podcasts That Will Make You Feel Smarter
Learn something new on your morning commute.... READ ON
Language
The Way You React to Typos Could Be Linked to Your Personality, Study Finds
Are you a member of the grammar police, or willing to let a few typos slide? It turns out your reaction to written errors may say something about your personality.... READ ON

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