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How the internet is changing language as we know it

An interview with Gretchen McCulloch, author of 'Because Internet.'

On Jan 18, 2021 by Matt Silverman

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A guide to (not) using the N-word

A linguist explains, from a pragmatic perspective, why this is a slur no one ever needs to use.

On May 19, 2017 by Aliah Luckman

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The language rule you never think about but always get right

What's going on with this strange language quirk?

On Sep 5, 2016 by Cynthia McKelvey

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How the Internet is changing the English language

But do you even GAF, bro?

On Apr 17, 2016 by Cynthia McKelvey

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‘YouTube Voice’ is a very real phenomenon—and here’s proof

What are the linguistics of YouTube vloggers?

On Dec 9, 2015 by Rae Votta

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Duolingo adds Klingon to its language tutorials

You can't learn Japanese or Mandarin, but you can learn to talk to aliens.

On Apr 10, 2015 by Aja Romano

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Oxford Dictionaries adds ‘subtweet,’ ‘neckbeard,’ ‘catfish,’ and more


On Aug 14, 2014 by Miles Klee

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‘Soccer’ isn’t an American word

New research suggests the Brits actually invented the term they make fun of Americans for using.

On Jun 19, 2014 by Jack Flanagan

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Hear every British Isles accent in under 90 seconds

Andrew Jack is a dialect chameleon.

On Apr 10, 2014 by Miles Klee

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Twitter users post 10,000 racist slurs every day, study finds

Most of the 10,000 slurs we tweet every day aren't intended to be derogatory, but that doesn't make them any less disturbing.

On Feb 13, 2014 by Aja Romano