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The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

Believe it or not, the month of May was not purposely named for its ability to set us up for annual Star Wars and Justin Timberlake puns.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About German Typefaces

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About German Typefaces

We notice them in antique shops, on old-fashioned signs in Germany, or – unfortunately – on neo-Nazi paraphernalia: old German typefaces. These fonts are everywhere, but do you know what they’re called and where they come from? We explore some of the history.
Are Emojis The New Hieroglyphs? A Brief History Of Emojis And Their Purpose

Are Emojis The New Hieroglyphs? A Brief History Of Emojis And Their Purpose

Nearly 90% of online users use emojis to supplement their speech — but what does this mean for the future of language? Let’s investigate what linguistic purpose emojis serve.
Linguistic Purism And The Push For Anglish, The English Throwback

Linguistic Purism And The Push For Anglish, The English Throwback

10th-century vintage English vocab is so in right now.
Which Animals Are We Most Likely To Speak With First?

Which Animals Are We Most Likely To Speak With First?

Which creature will cross the human-animal linguistic divide first? Recent research on animals and language presents a few possible candidates.
What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

The story behind the crowds: your guide to the history of Black Friday and who takes part in it around the world.
The Forgotten Yat (And Other Extinct Letters)

The Forgotten Yat (And Other Extinct Letters)

Ever wonder what old alphabets used to look like? Hint: many of them contain letters we no longer use today.
The Language Detectives: Solving Puzzles With Forensic Linguistics

The Language Detectives: Solving Puzzles With Forensic Linguistics

From the courtroom to the Twitterverse, a look at how forensic linguists use language patterns to solve the world’s mysteries.
Ciphers, Cants And Cults: The Secret Languages Of Secret Societies

Ciphers, Cants And Cults: The Secret Languages Of Secret Societies

How secret societies, cults and other groups throughout history have used secret languages and codes to communicate.
Why Are Humans Multilingual, And Have We Always Been?

Why Are Humans Multilingual, And Have We Always Been?

Whether you’re a master polyglot or a reluctant monolingual, you live in a multilingual society. But will that always be the case?
New Mexican Spanish: A Dialect Preserved In Time

New Mexican Spanish: A Dialect Preserved In Time

A look at how New Mexican Spanish formed and why the dialect remains similar to its colonial form.
A Brief History Of Québécois (a.k.a. Canadian French)

A Brief History Of Québécois (a.k.a. Canadian French)

Québécois, the variant of French spoken in Québec, has its own unique characteristics as a result of its fascinating history far removed from its European roots. Here’s a portrait of the language and its evolution.
The History Of Chocolate: The Bittersweet Tale Of A Global Treat

The History Of Chocolate: The Bittersweet Tale Of A Global Treat

From ancient Latin America to Europe to the world, here’s a taste of the rich history of chocolate and where it stands today.
Why These Countries Drive On The Left Side Of The Road

Why These Countries Drive On The Left Side Of The Road

Ever wonder why people in some countries drive on the left side while people in the U.S. and other countries drive on the right? We have some answers.