Linguistics

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. 

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.

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.

Women Get Interrupted More—Even By Other Women
May 14, 2014

Average interruptions in a man-to-man conversation: one. Average interuptions in a man-to-woman conversation: 2.6.

How Two Inoffensive Words Became the Most Inflammatory Phrase in English
The affirmative action story
April 25, 2014

On their own, “affirmative” and “action” are two of the more benign words in the English language; taken together, they’re incendiary.

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities
April 23, 2014

Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. 

How Capital Letters Became Internet Code for Yelling
And why we should lay off the all-caps key
April 17, 2014

People have long used capital letters to set text apart and convey its importance, but upper case letters haven’t always signified loudness.

The Science of Explaining Heads or Tails
Psychologists know which one you'll call
January 27, 2014

New research explains why 4 out of 5 people call heads

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