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This Linguistic Map Of The U.S. Fails To Take Into Account The Full Range Of “You” Expressions

I’m totally fascinated by the way people talk. Accents, vocabulary and emphasis varies so much, depending on where in the country you live. I lived in the Midwest (land of…

Julie Gerstein | August 30, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Soapbox: On Using The C-Word

Anthony Weiner’s communications director calling a former intern a “cunt,” “slutbag” and other slurs is just one aspect of the choppy waters surrounding the sex scandal-ridden NYC mayoral candidate’s sinking…

Jessica Wakeman | August 1, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Douchebags, Sluts & Boners: The Origins Of Some Of The Most Well-Known Slang Words & Insults

Boner. It hasn’t always referred to a penis, you know. In fact, in the early ’80s, there was a sitcom character named Boner, that had absolutely nothing to do with…

Julie Gerstein | April 24, 2013 - 11:00 am

Finally! Someone Has Invented Punctuation For The Way People Really Talk

These days, most people use their phones for texting or as very expensive paper weights. So it makes sense that since we’re texting way more than we’re talking, we’d need…

Julie Gerstein | February 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Spent 3.5 Hours Pronouncing The World’s Longest Word

Dear Guy Who Spent 3.5 Hours Pronouncing The World’s Longest Word,

In second grade I gained a certain amount of notoriety on the playground for memorizing the spelling of…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 27, 2012 - 9:20 am

10 Words That Make French A Language Worth Preserving

I don’t like hearing about any languages disappearing, but the idea of French’s demise seems intolerable. Fortunately, it is also probably impossible, at least in the near future, but French…

Pop Sugar | July 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Women Rule When It Comes To Words

Women! Our strange vocal tics and annoying upspeak patterns are actually groundbreaking and important, so says science. Linguists now say that a lot of the vocal embellishments women and girls…

Julie Gerstein | February 28, 2012 - 1:40 pm

RIP Kate Swift, The Woman Who Stopped Us From Saying “Stewardess”

Once upon a time, a flight attendant was called a stewardess. Police officers and fighterfighters were policemen and firemen. And all women were addressed based on their marital status as…

Jessica Wakeman | May 10, 2011 - 2:40 pm

What To Look For In A Mate: Someone Who Talks Like You

See! Words really are the key to our hearts! I have always known this of course, but science finally got the memo. A new study suggests that a crucial determinant…

Ami Angelowicz | January 14, 2011 - 2:45 pm

16 Words And Phrases We Want To Retire In 2010

It’s the end of the year and we’re sweeping out our closet — and that includes annoying words and phrases that we’re just so over. After the jump, we give…

Julie Gerstein | December 16, 2010 - 7:30 pm
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