Our informal verbalization of verbs.
How pickleball and A.S.M.R. may have helped the youngs refine our language forward.
Unsettled times have brought a proliferation of new clusters of various countries, and the acronyms that come with them.
It took a while for Australians to appreciate their linguistic distinctiveness. The editors at the Australian National Dictionary Center work to document it.
Clever marketers have figured out how easy it is to simulate online intimacy at scale, ventriloquizing alluring models with cheap, offshore labor.
Failing to recognize this underserves Black English speakers.
“Call My Agent!,” set at a Parisian talent agency, was a cult favorite during the pandemic. But the English-language adaptation will be on Sundance Now and AMC+.
In a creative play on three different languages, Ukrainians identify an enemy: ‘ruscism.’
Some words have multiple parts. Some dirty words say multiple things.
It will tell you how skillful or lucky you were, and it could help improve your results.
Our words reveal a lot about changes in society.
The storm hit the city’s immigrant communities hard, and the New York attorney general called this week for severe weather alerts to be sent in more languages. Advocates say deeper changes are needed.
Exploring the dilemmas involving patients, their families and health care providers in end-of-life care. Also: Quotation marks; calling and driving.
Words that capture an entire culinary experience or mood — such as “utepils,” in Norwegian — are common in other languages. English has a few such words, too.
My hunch is we’re fine using informal wording.
Why linguists encourage what grammarians won’t.
You can still circle back and touch base. But the vernacular of work life for many has changed just as much as their work has.
The Greek letter auditions for a different role in our lexicon.
Unlike Alpha, Beta and Delta, the name of the latest known variant is not as straightforward, with some English speakers offering up diverse pronunciations.
Machine learning programs have recently made huge advances. Stephen Marche tested one against Shakespeare’s collected works, to see if it could help him figure out which of the several versions of Hamlet’s soliloquy was most likely what the playwright intended.
Progressives can still fall back on ‘progressive.’
In the 19th century, the use of grandiloquent, fanciful words was all the rage, which proves that overcomplicating things has always been funny. And is it a uniquely American phenomenon? Some linguists believe so.
What has prompted Merriam-Webster to add the longstanding term for a mostly regional sandwich to the dictionary?
For those pushing for changes in society on race and other issues, words matter. They can also muddle.
Amid an explosion of Covid-related wordplay, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary crowns “vax.”
The language police have gone too far.
The government calls the new measure necessary for the survival of French, while critics say it stigmatizes bilingualism and is bad for business.
Readers argue against the usage of the gender-neutral “they,” but I’m not convinced.
‘Semantic narrowing’ isn’t exactly a household term, but maybe it should be.
Anatomists have bid farewell to “pudendum,” but other questionable terms remain.
Embrace “they” for “he” or “she.” Pronoun history is fluid.
Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.
A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.
Riddles are as old as the English language and, as Adrienne Raphel explains, can tell us a lot about Anglo-Saxon culture — as long as we are able to solve them.
Languages that contain only “he” and “she” pronouns pose problems for communicating about gender identity. Here’s how some language teachers are helping.
So, there’s this oratory style that asks for validation while bulldozing through almost any topic, right?
On the perils of the euphemism treadmill.
David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.
Language teachers say the show is a near-perfect amalgam of easy-to-understand English and real-life scenarios that feel familiar even to people who live worlds away from the West Village.
As the founding editor of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, she turned to “trashy novels” and parliamentary debates to find Canada’s version of the language.
This law enforcement jargon has proliferated in recent years on social media and in breaking news reports. While it conjures fears of mass shootings, the term is often used imprecisely. Many reports turn out to be false alarms.
The evolution of the slur’s use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.
The definition has always depended on what a society is trying to accomplish.
The history of this strange document can tell job-seekers what works and what doesn’t.
Why is everyone suddenly so embarrassed for everyone else?
Are you a person, place or thing? We have good news.
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?
The new online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction probes the speculative corners of the lexicographic universe.
In New York City, 142,000 children are learning English in school. Online classes are especially challenging for them.
We picked up a whole new vocabulary this year — some of it words that have been around forever.