What Are Neopronouns?

Are you a person, place or thing? We have good news.

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The Panorama Panini Pandemic

People have a range of nicknames for the pandemic: a panorama, a pandemonium, a “pandemi moore,” a panini. Is humor a useful way to cope with incredibly difficult times?

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Tracking the Vocabulary of Sci-Fi, from Aerocar to Zero-Gravity

The new online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction probes the speculative corners of the lexicographic universe.

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With Remote Learning, a 12-Year-Old Knows Her English Is Slipping Away

In New York City, 142,000 children are learning English in school. Online classes are especially challenging for them.

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The 20 Phrases That Defined 2020

We picked up a whole new vocabulary this year — some of it words that have been around forever.

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‘Thumb-Stopping.’ ‘Humaning.’ ‘B4H.’ The Strange Language of Modern Marketing.

The ad business is overrun with buzzwords and acronyms, and some people are saying it’s enough already.

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Oxford’s 2020 Word of the Year? It’s Too Hard to Isolate

Instead of crowning a single word as the winner, Oxford Languages looks at the pandemic’s swift and widespread impact on the English language.

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My Immigrant Mother’s Vote Is More Than Just a Ballot

My mother moved to America in 1989. This summer, amid a pandemic and an uprising, she voted for the first time.

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Geoffrey Nunberg, Expert on How Language Works, Dies at 75

A widely respected linguist, he found popularity beyond academia with appearances on NPR and books like the intriguingly titled “Going Nucular.”

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We All Speak a Language That Will Go Extinct

Even when we speak the same tongue, understanding and being understood can be a struggle. I would know.

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What Does Simp Mean?

An insult takes a dizzying trip through rap, men’s rights, misogyny and TikTok.

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How Shakespeare Paperbacks Made Me Want to Be a Writer

The more you read, the more you realize Shakespeare is woven into the fiber of the English language.

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When Coronavirus Care Gets Lost in Translation

Medical interpreters must now work remotely, multiplying the challenges for front-line doctors and non-English-speaking patients.

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How to Edit Your Own Writing

Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how.

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