Wait, I Have to Know What It Means, Too?Shame on the Scripps National Spelling Bee for forcing contestants to memorize definitions.
Komorebi, Karelu, and MamihlapinatapaiWork these untranslatable words into daily conversation!
Fingerprint WordsThe verbal tics that make up who we are—and how they spread to others.
The End of BroThe term’s ubiquity may signal its demise.
Is It Time to Kill Autocorrect?What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week.
Off BrandsUnderstanding the terrible spelling and punctuation in corporate names.
Whoa! Woah?! Whoah.How an old exclamation became the Internet’s most variously spelled word.
Shame on EveryoneJust because you don’t like someone’s criticism doesn’t mean they’re “shaming” you.
What Is the Icelandic Word for “Four”?Fjórar. No, fjórir. No, fjögurra. No, fjarki. No …
No OffenseProfanity is changing. For the better.
Why Do We Hate Certain Words?The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
Vowel MovementHow Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
No More Chinks in the ArmorThe Jeremy Lin controversy suggests it’s time to retire the phrase for good.
The Britishism InvasionLanguage corruption is a two-way street.
An Uh, Er, Um EssayIn praise of verbal stumbles.
Rohds. Rowds. Row-ads? Rhowds???Oh, wait, roads. The weird agonies and little-known science of wordnesia.
Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat?Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
The Animal Effing KingdomScrew a duck! Or ... you know.
The Secret Rules of Adjective OrderA long fascinating article—or is it a fascinating long article?
Shibboleth. Casuistry. Recondite.Bubble vocabulary: the words you almost know, sometimes use, but are secretly unsure of.
Will We Use Commas in the Future?Maybe.
¿Does English Need Upside-Down Punctuation?¡Yes!
Are You a Language Bully?Cut it out.
What the ...Why everyone and your mother started using ellipses ... everywhere.
Are Apostrophes Necessary?Not really, no.
Please Do Not ChillaxAdjoinages and the death of the American pun.
False Fronts in the Language WarsWhy New Yorker writers and others keep pushing bogus controversies.
Cheerio, Bumbershoot!The word is not actually British for umbrella.
That's So MystoWhat makes slang stick?
Questioning the Inca ParadoxDid the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?