Gretchen McCulloch

Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist and the contributing editor of Slate's Lexicon Valley blog. She has a master's in linguistics from McGill University and blogs daily at All Things Linguistic.

Lexicon Valley
Sept. 19 2014 11:32 AMWhy Do Pirates Talk Like That?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 10 2014 1:13 PMIkea's "Bookbook," Soy Milk vs. Milk-Milk, and Like-Liking. What's Going On?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 2 2014 10:39 AM7 Ways to Fake-Pronounce Any Foreign Language
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 12 2014 12:00 PMWatch Robin Williams Converse With Koko the Gorilla and Be Charmed
Lexicon Valley
July 16 2014 1:17 PMWhat Happens if a Child Is Never Exposed to Language?
Lexicon Valley
July 1 2014 3:38 PMWhy Do Sportscasters Use the Historical Present?
Lexicon Valley
June 20 2014 2:04 PM"Look at All These Ducks There Are at Least Ten." What??
Lexicon Valley
June 10 2014 3:39 PMThere Are Two "Th" Sounds. Here's The Difference. 
Lexicon Valley
May 30 2014 1:54 PMWhy Do You Think You’re Right About Language? You’re Not.
Lexicon Valley
May 22 2014 12:30 PMWhat Does "She" in Science Fiction Tell Us About Language on Earth?
Lexicon Valley
April 30 2014 1:13 PMThe Science of B-B-B-Beatboxing
Lexicon Valley
April 1 2014 11:22 AMWhat Makes a Selfie a Selfie?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 15 2014 1:34 PMWhy Does English Use "Iambic Pentameter" and Other Greek Poetic Terms?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 5 2014 11:35 AMHow Do You Rhyme in a Sign Language?
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 21 2014 1:11 PMDo All Languages Derive from a Single Common Ancestor?
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 1 2014 2:24 PMWhat's the Difference Between Homophonia, Homophobia, and Homophonophobia?
Lexicon Valley
July 7 2014 12:19 PM7 of the Best Dialect Quizzes
Lexicon Valley
June 27 2014 1:47 PMWhen Your Eyes Hear Better Than Your Ears: The McGurk Effect
Lexicon Valley
June 16 2014 3:39 PMHoly Ish! Euphemisms Aren't As Versatile
Lexicon Valley
June 9 2014 2:16 PMIsh: How A Suffix Became A Word
Lexicon Valley
May 23 2014 4:48 PMHappy 25th Birthday to LOL
Lexicon Valley
May 1 2014 12:44 PMMaking "Fetch" Happen: What Makes New Words Catch On?
Lexicon Valley
April 4 2014 9:54 AMDo You Ever Say Probly Instead of Probably? Here's Why.
Lexicon Valley
Feb. 13 2014 10:16 AMWhy Can't We Agree on How to Pronounce Doge?



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 6:22 PM Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.