Language

Woman Doctors, Woman Writers ... Is Using 'Woman' as an Adjective Demeaning?
October 27, 2014

What's wrong with using "woman" as a modifier?

Does The Fate of the Navajo Nation Depend on Its Language?
October 10, 2014

If younger Navajo don't speak the language, the community itself could crumble.

Steven Pinker: These Are the Grammar Rules You Don't Need to Follow
October 03, 2014

Why are we still clinging to these archaic rules? Toss'em! 

People Use Fewer First-Person Pronouns As They Get Older
September 30, 2014

And we start saying these other things instead. 

A Person's Accent Can Change Your Perception of What He Is Saying
And it could affect people’s judgments of what’s socially appropriate
September 23, 2014

New research reveals just how much a French, or Chinese, or Chilean accent changes what you hear. 

Why Drugs Are a Metaphor for Some Foods, and Sex Is a Metaphor for Others
Exploring the language of Yelp reviews
September 21, 2014

The answers lie in Yelp reviews.

An Almost Complete List of Every Word We've Ever Used to Mean 'Drunk'
From 'cup-shot' to 'rat-arsed'
August 24, 2014

From "cup-shot" to "rat-arsed."

The History of "Sweetie" and 8 Other Old-Fashioned Terms of Endearment
August 20, 2014

Some of the weirdest, most fascinating terms of endearment from history. ("My dear little bag-pudding!")

How Using Emoji Makes Us Less Emotional
And what linguists say it means if your smiley face has a nose
July 07, 2014

And what linguists say it means if your smiley face has a nose.

Stop Saying “Moderate Muslims.” You're Only Empowering Islamophobes.
June 25, 2014

Diversity within religions is just as important to America as the diversity of religions.

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