Language Insights

12 Political Word Origins That Can Help You Understand The Government

12 Political Word Origins That Can Help You Understand The Government

Democrats and Republicans aren’t so different after all, etymologically speaking.
The Inadvertent Origins Of 8 Misleading Animal Names

The Inadvertent Origins Of 8 Misleading Animal Names

Turns out the world of animal names is…confusing.
The Top 5 Reasons To Learn Danish

The Top 5 Reasons To Learn Danish

It’s spoken by fewer than 6 million people. But depending on your attitude, that could be the whole draw.
Do All Languages Have Inherent Value?

Do All Languages Have Inherent Value?

Languages evolve, grow, come, and go. But what does this mean for the world’s underrepresented cultures and communities?
What Should Humans Say To Extraterrestrials?

What Should Humans Say To Extraterrestrials?

Humans have sent several messages into space, but don’t hold your breath for a response.
Language On The International Space Station

Language On The International Space Station

Ever wondered what they speak up in space?
The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

Words like “nebula,” “galaxy” and “cosmos” can summon up lots of romantic images of space exploration, but where did these terms come from in the first place?
Language In Isolation: Could Space Travel Create New Forms Of Speech?

Language In Isolation: Could Space Travel Create New Forms Of Speech?

Exploring new research that will rock your universe.
Jargon Watch: Astronauts And The Language Of Space Travel

Jargon Watch: Astronauts And The Language Of Space Travel

What the heck is “puffy head bird legs”?
The Top 10 Reasons To Learn Russian

The Top 10 Reasons To Learn Russian

Russia is a top travel and sports destination, and Russian is the most spoken language in Europe — but that’s not all it has going for it.
5 Venetian Words That Took The World By Storm

5 Venetian Words That Took The World By Storm

Some of the words you use all the time come from Venice, Italy.
8 Linguistics Podcasts For The Language Curious

8 Linguistics Podcasts For The Language Curious

We might be biased, but language is incredibly fun to learn about.
9 Harmless Words That Started As Offensive Insults

9 Harmless Words That Started As Offensive Insults

These common terms today started out as pretty vicious attacks.