From “Wetbacks” to “Illegals” to “Undocumented” to … ?Listen to Slate’s show about the heated debate over language at the heart of U.S. immigration policy.
Malapropisms: the Pineapple of Linguistic ErrorsWhat misspeaking might reveal about the way our mental dictionary is organized.
Who You Callin’ A**hole?Slate’s show about Geoffrey Nunberg’s new book Ascent of the A-Word, now with transcripts.
Talking About the Past in the Present TenseListen to Slate’s show about Seinfeld’s masterful use of a time-honored narrative technique.
“Lord Grantham, Don Draper’s on Hold”The algorithm that finds anachronisms in Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and Edith Wharton.
“The House is Building”?Why you never learned the passival tense, even though it used to be proper English grammar.
How English Lost Its GendersListen to Slate’s show about how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.
How Jews Grew HornsListen to Slate’s show about the all-important role that language translation (and mistranslation) plays in our lives.
Are Some Languages “Faster” Than Others?Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the widespread belief that other languages are spoken more rapidly than your own.
Should We Care When a Language Dies?Listen to Slate’s show about what we stand to lose when a language goes extinct.
Does Your Writing Style Have a Fingerprint?Listen to Slate’s show about the surprising way mathematicians can determine authorship.
Was Honest Abe a Poet?How Lincoln’s speaking style evolved from overly ornate to the brilliant simplicity of Gettysburg.
For He/She’s a Jolly Bad PronounListen to Slate’s show about whether English needs a gender-neutral alternative.
The Meaning of ScrabbleListen to Slate’s show about how much language really matters in the hugely popular word game.
Is Black English a Dialect or a Language?Listen to Slate’s show about America’s fraught relationship with Ebonics.