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The Ocean at the End of the LaneFantasy writer Neil Gaiman talks about how he came to pen (indeed, he writes longhand) his latest novel.
How to Raise Verbal ChildrenWhy talking to your kids is one of the most important investments you can make in their future.
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The Book of WoeAuthor Gary Greenberg diagnoses what’s wrong with the new DSM-5.
Why Fiscal Cliff Is Such a Powerful MetaphorListen to Slate’s show about the ubiquity of spatial metaphors in our language.
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.
Can a Language Make You More Musical?How tonal languages such as Cantonese might give would-be musicians a leg up.
Does “Yeah, No …” Mean Yes or No (or Both)?Listen to Slate’s podcast about the seemingly paradoxical phrase and its hidden logic.
The Disappearing New Yawk AccentListen to Pt. 2 of Slate’s show about the fall and rise of rhoticity (pronouncing your R’s) in New York City English.
Do You Creak?Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of “creaky voice.”
Talking Leaves and Lightning PaperThe illiterate Cherokee man who invented the alphabet for his language.
Malapropisms: the Pineapple of Linguistic ErrorsWhat misspeaking might reveal about the way our mental dictionary is organized.
Marco Rubio Wants to Assure New Hampshire Voters That He Can Lead The Florida senator is trying to make up for the damage he did at Saturday’s debate.
Ted Cruz Is Not Eligible to Be President, According to the Most Plausible Interpretation of the Constitution
LED Bulbs Were Once Pricey. Now They’re Cheap, Mass-Produced, and Plentiful. This Is How Efficient Technology Will Take Over.
Ted Cruz Loves Small Government So Much He Wants Congress to Force More School Vouchers on D.C.
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This Video of a Mom Getting Her Kids Dressed for Bed Has 45 Million Views and Counting
Year of Great Books
The Man From Uncle In Praise of Uncle Toby, the Warm Beating Heart of Tristram Shandy.
Key and Peele Brought Back Their Classic “Hingle McCringleberry” Sketch, With Help From Stephen Colbert
Zero-Rating, Explained Activists are fighting Facebook and T-Mobile over zero-rating. But what is that?
Why You Hated the Super Bowl It was hard to tell if it was a great defensive contest, or a terrible offensive one.