English Words

Why Do We Say Wow?

Why Do We Say Wow?

The word might sound modern, but “wow” goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.
Feminist Words: New Vocabulary To Empower Yourself

Feminist Words: New Vocabulary To Empower Yourself

Have you ever experienced something sexist but didn’t have a word to describe it? Fear not: We have a list of feminist words to help convey your experiences so you can feel empowered.
The Language Of Being Single: Terms For Singles From Around The World

The Language Of Being Single: Terms For Singles From Around The World

Please don’t use any of these terms to describe people.
Jargon Watch: The World-Building Language Of Architecture

Jargon Watch: The World-Building Language Of Architecture

No, a flying buttress isn’t a circus act.
Mutilinguish: Language Ch-Ch-Changes

Mutilinguish: Language Ch-Ch-Changes

Can people change language? They can! And they do it a lot. In this episode, we explore how that really works.
Jargon Watch: The Language Of Politicians

Jargon Watch: The Language Of Politicians

Who’s more ‘inside baseball’ than baseball players? Probably politicians.
What Is The Schwa Vowel?

What Is The Schwa Vowel?

Schwat’s the deal with the schwa vowel?
Jargon Watch: The Language Of Storms

Jargon Watch: The Language Of Storms

Squall, bombogenesis, vortex, oh my.
Multilinguish: Words Of The Year 2019

Multilinguish: Words Of The Year 2019

Can you summarize a whole year with a single word? Probably not.
Decade In Review: Language Trends That Shaped The 2010s

Decade In Review: Language Trends That Shaped The 2010s

We explored the memes, movements and emoji that defined a decade.
These Are America’s Most Mispronounced Words Of 2019

These Are America’s Most Mispronounced Words Of 2019

A rapper, a presidential candidate and a famous cathedral all made this year’s list of America’s most mispronounced words.
Here Are 20 New Words That Wouldn’t Exist Without Climate Change

Here Are 20 New Words That Wouldn’t Exist Without Climate Change

It’s not just the environment that’s changing. Languages around the world are also adapting to describe new realities.