An Accidental SanctityBiblical scholar Mark Ward discusses his forthcoming book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible.
Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa?Languages across the world developed similar words for mom and dad. How is that possible?
Mining Graffiti for SlangJohn McWhorter talks to Ben Zimmer about the Vietnam Graffiti Project and other slangy topics.
The Language of Female FriendshipsJohn McWhorter discusses communication styles with linguist Deborah Tannen.
Heyo, Let’s Talk About HamiltonJohn McWhorter talks to linguist Neal Whitman about the mashup of hey and yo.
Did the Founding Fathers Have a British Accent?What we know about what Washington, Franklin, and Hamilton may have sounded like.
Este No Es Parqueo: A Brief Ode to SpanishAn infelicitous parking job inspires musings on the Spanish language.
Do Languages Simplify Over Time?Old English was arguably more complicated than Modern English. Is that true of all languages?
New Life for Dying LanguagesThe Language Conservancy’s Wil Meya discusses the effort to revive Native American languages.
Is There a Jewish Way of Talking?Interrupting the hosts of Unorthodox to discuss hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication style.
That’s Not a Word, Is It?John McWhorter discusses the near-futile impulse to determine what is, and what is not, a word.
The Euphemism TreadmillThe evolution from crippled to handicapped to differently abled—and why no such term is likely to stick around long.
1930s American English Was Profane, Parochial, and ProvincialJohn McWhorter time-travels to 1930 and eavesdrops on American English.