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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.
8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

Odds are pretty good you’ll be eating a hot dog on the 4th. And we say that due to a statistical grounding in 4th of July facts.
How One Man Created A Written Language From Scratch

How One Man Created A Written Language From Scratch

Sequoyah had never been taught to read a language before, and yet he created the Cherokee written language completely on his own.
What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

Which words were the first to be written and spoken? We dive into the history of ancient language and what remains to this day.
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not ‘Mexico’s Independence Day.’ There’s also more to this holiday than margaritas (but we can’t blame you for wanting one anyway).
True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

Untrue stereotype, or little-known fact? See if you can guess correctly when it comes to these five little factoids about Russia.
Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

New technologies may be able to decipher the Voynich manuscript, a strange book that has baffled researchers for decades.
If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

How Similar Are Russian And Ukrainian? If I put hundreds of hours into learning Russian, will it pay off in other Slavic languages like Ukrainian? Please?