Language Insights

The United States Of Accents: Hawaii English And Pidgin

The United States Of Accents: Hawaii English And Pidgin

In this installment, we talk about how English came to the 50th state and how Pidgin became central to the identity of Hawaii.
Why Does ‘Mother’ Sound The Same In So Many Languages?

Why Does ‘Mother’ Sound The Same In So Many Languages?

The concept of “Mom” is universal — and, for the most part, so is the name we’ve given her. The reason is probably a lot simpler than you think.
How Christian Missionaries Created The Largest Language Database In The World

How Christian Missionaries Created The Largest Language Database In The World

Christians went from being very translation-averse to the most prolific translators around.
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.
Verbal Hygiene: How People Can Change The Way We Talk

Verbal Hygiene: How People Can Change The Way We Talk

Stop trying to make fetch happen, it’s not going to happen. Or could it?
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.
6 Questions With Language Myth Buster John McWhorter: Transcript

6 Questions With Language Myth Buster John McWhorter: Transcript

As part of our “6 Questions With” series, we spoke with Lexicon Valley host John McWhorter about grammar snobs, where linguistic prejudices really come from, and other language myths that just won’t die. Here’s the full interview.
6 Questions With Language Myth Buster John McWhorter

6 Questions With Language Myth Buster John McWhorter

We spoke with Lexicon Valley host John McWhorter about grammar snobs, where linguistic prejudices really come from, and other language myths that just won’t die.
What Is Esperanto, And Who Speaks It?

What Is Esperanto, And Who Speaks It?

Esperanto is the most famous constructed language, and its popularity seems to be growing.
Which Are The Most Spoken Languages In Argentina?

Which Are The Most Spoken Languages In Argentina?

Spanish is obviously number one, but some of the other top languages might come as a surprise.
What’s The Funniest Word In The World?

What’s The Funniest Word In The World?

A mostly clean exploration of how language and comedy work together.
6 Questions With Former BuzzFeed Copy Chief Emmy Favilla

6 Questions With Former BuzzFeed Copy Chief Emmy Favilla

We spoke with Emmy Favilla about language on the internet, why people like grammar rules and the importance of a style guide with words like ‘manspreading’ in it.
Which Are The Most Spoken Languages In The United Kingdom?

Which Are The Most Spoken Languages In The United Kingdom?

English is number one, but there are a lot of other languages represented throughout the United Kingdom.
Babbel On: January 2018 Language News Roundup

Babbel On: January 2018 Language News Roundup

A bar fights ‘Kardashianism,’ US schools drop French classes and more from the world of language this January.