Lexicon Valley

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 Nov 26, 2018
J McW is awesome

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 Aug 2, 2018
one of my top 5 podcasts!

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 Jul 11, 2018

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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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Sponsored: Adjusting the Lens on Chronic Disease
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More than half of Americans are currently living with one or more serious, preventable, chronic diseases. These rates are expected to increase significantly over the next two decades. <br><br>In this episode of <em>Life Effects</em>, host Sara Ivry talks to Gabriel Cortez, a San Francisco-based educator and poet who is one of many young people actively working against the rise of Type 2 diabetes in his community. Dr. Mercedes Carnathon, Vice Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, also joins the conversation. Together, they look at Type 2 diabetes from multiple angles, including Gabriel’s first-hand experience watching the chronic disease infiltrate his family and the broader role that social determinants (culture, socio-economic status, stress, stigmas, etc.) play in who develops the disease and how it’s managed.<br><br>Subscribe to <em>Life Effects</em> via <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/adjusting-the-lens-on-chronic-disease/id1333735108?i=1000423817441&amp;mt=2"><span style="background-color: highlight;">Apple Podcasts</span></a>, <a href="https://overcast.fm/+LhPiIHjEA">Overcast</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/music/m/Dv2jgvpomx2fbm7p7wkjcf5o2sa?t=Are_Todays_Caregivers_Tomorrows_Patients-Life_Effects">Google Play</a>, <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=57224058&amp;autoplay=1">Stitcher</a>, or wherever you get your shows.<br><br><em>The individual(s) who have written and created the content in and whose images appear in the articles, profiles, podcasts and videos from the Life Effects program may have been paid by Teva Pharmaceuticals for their contributions.&nbsp; This content represents the opinions of the contributor and does not necessarily reflect those of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Similarly, Teva Pharmaceuticals does not review, control, influence or endorse any content related to the contributor's websites or social media networks. All content on the Life Effects website is intended for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice or recommendations. Consult a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and before beginning or changing any treatment regimen.</em> NPS-US-NP-00369 NOVEMBER 2018<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 13, 2018
Why Language Can't Be Tamed
2362
This episode is brought to you by <br><br>Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. <br><br>LinkedIn Talent Solutions, for $50 off your first job post, go to<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/LEXICON"> linkedin.com/LEXICON</a>.<br><br>A conversation with Lane Greene, author of <em>Talk on the Wild Side</em>, about the "vague and anarchic" nature of language.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 11, 2018
Is Social Media Changing English?
2425
Our speech is becoming more childlike, but not for the reasons you think.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 27, 2018
What Was the First Language?
2767
This episode is brought to you by <br><br>Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. <br><br>LinkedIn Talent Solutions, for $50 off your first job post, go to<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/LEXICON"> linkedin.com/LEXICON</a>.<br><br>How far back can we trace, with any accuracy, the spoken word?<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 13, 2018
So ... Let's Talk About So
2294
This episode is brought to you by Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at <a href="http://slack.com/">slack.com</a>.<br><br>How long have we been starting our sentences with "so"?<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 30, 2018
Like-Minded
1931
This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:<br><br><strong>Slack</strong>, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at <a href="http://slack.com/">slack.com</a>.<br><strong>Babbel</strong>, the #1-selling language learning app in the world. Get 50% off your 6-month subscription today at <a href="http://babbel.com/lexicon">babbel.com/lexicon</a>.<br><br>John McWhorter discusses the evolution of the word <em>like</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 16, 2018
Why Do Southerners Talk Like That?
2312
John McWhorter dissects the many distinct features that make up Southern speech.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 02, 2018
The Habitual Past
2021
<br>Did you "used to" do something but don't any longer? Where does that expression come from?!<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 18, 2018
A Riot of Color
2398
This episode is brought by RXBAR, a whole-food protein bar, made from real, natural ingredients. For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/lexicon and enter promo code lexicon.<br><br>Our word for "red" predates our word for "blue"—and that's true for almost every language!<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 04, 2018
The Rise of They
2497
John McWhorter says that English pronouns are evolving and it's time to embrace it.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 21, 2018
Wabbit Twacks
2581
John McWhorter applies linguistic analysis to Looney Tunes.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 06, 2018
Tee Time
2483
John McWhorter on what the French Canadian version of <em>The Flintstones</em> can teach us about the letter T.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 24, 2018
Happy Birthday OED!
2115
John McWhorter raises an etymological glass to the nonagenarian Oxford English Dictionary.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 10, 2018
If Frozen, Why Not Squozen?
2257
John McWhorter on language lessons from this year's Tony nominees for Best Musical.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 26, 2018
The Pronouning of Profanities
2010
John McWhorter on the way in which words like f*ck and sh*t are increasingly standing in for <em>it</em> and <em>that</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 12, 2018
One Tongue to Rule Them All
2277
John McWhorter on the tantalizing prospect of a universal language.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 29, 2018
The Art of the Spiel
2597
A brief history of oratory from the Gilded Age to the Era of Trump.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 15, 2018
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
32
<a href="http://www.slate.com/shakespeare">Lend Me Your Ears</a> is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own.<br><br>In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: <em>Julius Caesar</em>. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society’s future? How have contemporary theater makers reinvented Shakespeare’s version of the story for their audiences, especially in troubled political times?<br><br>Learn more about Lend Me Your Ears at <a href="http://slate.com/shakespeare">slate.com/shakespeare</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 09, 2018
Getting to Yes
2169
Yes! John McWhorter on our compact, workaday affirmative.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 01, 2018
The Story of P
2336
John McWhorter on why the 16th letter of our alphabet is a fancy little thing.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 17, 2018
English Spelling Is a Beautiful Mess
2194
John McWhorter on why English spelling is so frustratingly idiosyncratic.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 03, 2018
Did the Founding Fathers Have a British Accent?
2244
John McWhorter on what Washington, Franklin and Hamilton may have sounded like.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 20, 2018
No-Uh!
2116
John McWhorter on the rise of an exclamatory syllable in English.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 06, 2018
The Inner Workings of Out
2083
John McWhorter on the rich complexities of a humble preposition.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 20, 2018
Words, For Her
2129
John McWhorter on the origin of <em>woman</em>, <em>girl</em> and other lady terms.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 06, 2018
What's the Deal with Eleven?
2704
John McWhorter on the etymology and pronunciation of English numbers.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 23, 2018
There Are Two N-Words
2123
Like <em>gangster</em> and <em>gangsta</em>, <em>nigger</em> and <em>nigga</em> have become two distinct words.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 09, 2018
The Thing Is Is
2062
The problem is, is that we sometimes say <em>is</em> twice. Why?<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 26, 2017
An Accidental Sanctity
2070
Biblical scholar Mark Ward discusses his forthcoming book, <em>Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible.<br><br></em>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><em><br></em><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 12, 2017
Thanksgiving Misnomers
2183
Turkey? Pumpkin? Squash? They're all mistakes.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 28, 2017
Sometimes Just Because
1941
Language is often at the mercy of pure chance.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 14, 2017
Against Strunk & White
1975
It's time to permanently shelve the <em>Elements of Style</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 31, 2017
Whence Baby Mama?
2288
John McWhorter answers questions from Lexicon Valley listeners.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 17, 2017
Este No Es Parqueo
2180
After parking in front of a garage, John received a note written in Spanish.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 03, 2017
From Pidgins to Creoles
2365
John McWhorter discusses the process by which some new languages are born.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 19, 2017
Do Languages Simplify Over Time?
1926
Old English was arguably more complicated than Modern English. Is that true of all languages?<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 05, 2017
Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa?
1913
Languages across the world developed similar words for <em>mom</em> and <em>dad</em>. How is that possible?<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 22, 2017
New Life for Dying Languages
2238
The Language Conservancy's Wil Meya discusses the effort to revive Native American languages.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 08, 2017
In the Negative
1924
John McWhorter on the history and evolution of <em>no</em> and <em>not</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 25, 2017
Why Do Languages Have Contractions?
2165
John McWhorter explains why we love shrinkage.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 11, 2017
The Incredible Lightness of Being
1757
John McWhorter considers the eccentric irregularity of the verb <em>to be</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 27, 2017
Is There a Jewish Way of Talking?
2298
John McWhorter interrupts the hosts of <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/author/unorthodox"><em>Unorthodox</em></a> to discuss hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication style.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 13, 2017
Mining Graffiti for Slang
1914
John McWhorter talks to Ben Zimmer about the Vietnam Graffiti Project and other slangy topics.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 30, 2017
That's Not a Word, Is It?
1851
John McWhorter discusses the near-futile impulse to determine what is, and what is not, a word.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 16, 2017
The Language of Female Friendships
2158
John McWhorter discusses communication styles with linguist Deborah Tannen, author of <em>You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 02, 2017
The Euphemism Treadmill
1724
John McWhorter on the evolution from "crippled" to "handicapped" to "differently abled" and why no such term is likely to stick around long.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 18, 2017
Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton
1851
John McWhorter talks to linguist Neal Whitman about the mash-up of <em>hey</em> and <em>yo.</em><br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 04, 2017
Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial
1955
John McWhorter time travels to 1930 and eavesdrops on American English.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br> Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br> Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br> Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 21, 2017
Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?
2132
John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of <em>like</em>.<br> <br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br> Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br> Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br> Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 07, 2017
What Had Happened Was Storytelling
2010
John McWhorter discusses the subject of his new book, <em>Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca</em>.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 24, 2017
Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read
1973
Mark Seidenberg, author of <em>Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It</em>, discusses the fallout from the so-called reading wars.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 10, 2017
Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus
1723
When <em>hath</em> gave way to <em>has</em>, the original meaning of <em>merry</em>, and other insights from popular Christmas carols.<br><br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 27, 2016
What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival"
1815
In <em>Arrival</em>, Amy Adams plays a linguist who discovers that language can radically alter one's perception of reality. But is that true?<br> <br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 13, 2016
Black Like Us
2215
Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?<br>&nbsp;<br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 29, 2016
Language Lessons of Past Presidents
1937
What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?<br>&nbsp;<br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 15, 2016
Whither Didst Thou Go?
2177
How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."<br>&nbsp;<br>Join<strong> Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br> <br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email: <a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 01, 2016
Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?
2068
What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial<br>today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 18, 2016
Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.
1749
John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up<br>for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 04, 2016
What Is a Dictionary, Really?
1612
John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 20, 2016
The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes
1628
What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean?&nbsp; John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2016
Word Sex
2350
How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 23, 2016
Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update?
2893
John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 08, 2016
Are Emoji a Language?
2524
Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 26, 2016
Finding Life in a Dead Language
1798
Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin," talks about her transformative experience of learning Latin.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 12, 2016
Rules Are Made to Be Spoken
2009
<br>Sali Tagliamonte, author of Making Waves: The Story of Variationist Sociolinguistics, talks about the underlying disorder of the English Language.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 29, 2016
The Tragedy of English Spelling
1777
Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says that English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 14, 2016
Your Brain on Profanity
2067
Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming&nbsp;<em>What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and<br>Ourselves</em>, discusses the science of cursing.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.&nbsp;Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 31, 2016
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!
1697
How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game.&nbsp;Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.&nbsp;Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 17, 2016
The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?
1760
Linguist John McWhorter argues that it makes perfect sense for the speech of black and white Americans to have subtle differences.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.&nbsp;Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 03, 2016
A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish
1489
How did&nbsp;<em>Clupea harengus</em>&nbsp;come to signify a diversionary tactic?<br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up<br>for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br>Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 19, 2016
Defecation Presentation
1782
The earliest known citation for “shit show” is from an English-language translation of a 1970s criminal trial in Germany. But what was the word or phrase being translated?&nbsp;Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.&nbsp;Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 04, 2016
Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt
1917
A salty phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries.&nbsp;Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.&nbsp;Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 08, 2016
The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump
1845
Donald Trump calls people (and publications) he doesn’t like “sad.” When did that word become an insult?<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>&nbsp;to get your first two meals free.<br><br>And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time—and hundreds more—with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.&nbsp;<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 22, 2016
A British Insult Fit for Trump
2079
A peculiar insult from the north of England has the&nbsp;<em>Oxford English Dictionary</em>&nbsp;stumped.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member, you can watch as many lectures as you want on any device. And for a limited time, Lexicon Valley listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography for free by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>And by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>&nbsp;to get your first two meals free.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 08, 2016
They Had a Good Year
2287
A pronoun that English borrowed from its Scandinavian neighbors gets new life as a gender neutral alternative to&nbsp;<em>he&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>she</em>.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>&nbsp;to get your first two meals free.<br><br>And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time—and hundreds more—with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 27, 2016
The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage
2318
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video learning service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member of The Great Courses Plus, you can watch as many lectures as you want, anytime, anywhere, on any device. For a limited time, Lexicon Valley listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography for free by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>And by Headspace. If you've ever been curious about meditation or would like to reacquaint yourself with the practice, then try the Take 10 program. It's guided meditation for 10 days—10 minutes a day—absolutely free. Give it a try at Headspace.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 11, 2016
Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms
2082
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to editors at Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Dictionary.com about their picks for Word of the Year.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Headspace. If you've ever been curious about meditation or would like to reacquaint yourself with the practice, then go to Headspace.com/lexicon and try the Take 10 program. It's guided meditation for 10 days—10 minutes a day—absolutely free. Give it a try at Headspace.com/<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/<strong>lexicon.</strong><br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 28, 2015
Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em!
1931
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early 20th-century origins of a bizarre food-industry code with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes.&nbsp;And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com slash&nbsp;<strong>lexicon</strong>.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 14, 2015
Snoozefest
1866
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the energetic history of the word sleep.<br><br>Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes.<br><br>Join<strong>&nbsp;Slate Plus</strong>! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up<br>for a free trial today at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/podcastsplus">www.slate.com/podcastsplus</a>.<br><br>Twitter: @lexiconvalley<br>Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley<br>Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lexiconvalley@slate.com">lexiconvalley@slate.com</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 30, 2015
Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology
1801
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a word that was popularized during the 1940s folk movement with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Nov 16, 2015
A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia
2070
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the etymological quirkiness of the word "pussy." Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 02, 2015
A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix
1867
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a piece of old American slang with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theate. And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 19, 2015
Seven Centuries of F--ks
2046
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F-Word, about a recent discovery in the history of one our most enduring expletives. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 05, 2015
An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing
1983
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT  is available now on iTunes. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 21, 2015
How New York Became the Big Apple
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the true story behind the most famous municipal nickname. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 07, 2015
Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?
2136
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of a Spanish-language pejorative with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Great Masters," which delves into the life and music of well-known musicians and composers—including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Right now, choose from among four of the Great Masters lecture series for just $9.95 when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 24, 2015
What Do You Mean What Is It Like?
1908
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss "A literary history of the strange expression 'what is it like?'"—an article by lexicographer Anne Seaton. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Great Masters," which delves into the life and music of well-known musicians and composers—including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Right now, choose from among four of the Great Masters lecture series for just $9.95 when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 10, 2015
LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies
2396
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 27, 2015
What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld?
2612
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about the classic American sitcom Seinfeld and why it falls flat in other cultures and languages. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 13, 2015
LinguaFile XIII | Bozo
1605
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 29, 2015
The Pollyanna Hypothesis
2968
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means that language has a "positivity bias." This week's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 17, 2015
LinguaFile XII | Kibitz
2379
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.         Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley   Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley   Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 01, 2015
M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven!
2617
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to conlanger David J. Peterson about the art and craft of creating languages for Game of Thrones.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 18, 2015
LinguaFile XI | Seersucker
2118
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "seersucker" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 04, 2015
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
2404
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo don't know nuthin' about the double negative.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 20, 2015
LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel
2268
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "pumpernickel" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "The Story of Human Language." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.  <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2015
And Infinitum
2337
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss whether "try and" is an acceptable substitute for "try to."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2015
LinguaFile IX | Carnival
1747
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "carnival" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 09, 2015
Sex Workers
2124
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the authoress, the usherette, and the editrix with Anne Curzan, the lady professor.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 23, 2015
LinguaFile VIII | Quiz
1597
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 09, 2015
The Many Lives of Anna Karenina
2369
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to journalist and author Masha Gessen about translating Tolstoy.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 26, 2015
LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie
2058
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 12, 2015
Exposure to Vape Culture
3068
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo are joined by Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster, Katherine Martin of Oxford University Press, Jane Solomon of Dictionary.com, and Erin McKean of Wordnik.com to discuss their respective Words of the Year.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 29, 2014
LinguaFile VI | Grog
1672
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 15, 2014
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?
2357
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to speech scientist Benjamin Munson about the "gay voice."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 01, 2014
LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat
2134
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 17, 2014
Number Theory
1772
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo ask the question: How did we go from "four and twenty" to "twenty four"? Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 03, 2014
LinguaFile IV | Snark
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 20, 2014
Man on the Street
2447
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jonathon Green, author of The Vulgar Tongue and Green's Dictionary of Slang, a 6,000-page, three-volume reference more than 20 years in the making. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 06, 2014
LinguaFile III | Orange
1867
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 22, 2014
Demonstratively Speaking
1952
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss Sarah Palin's use of demonstrative pronouns. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 08, 2014
LinguaFile II | Lagniappe
1579
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 25, 2014
The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro
1972
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to arts critic Nathan Rabin and journalist Christopher John Farley about the phrases they coined to identify two of Hollywood's most pernicious tropes. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 11, 2014
LinguaFile I | Discombobulate
1255
Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss a mystery word or phrase with Vocabulary.com executive producer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley. Follow @lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 28, 2014
Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf
2195
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Columbia University professor John McWhorter about his new book, The Language Hoax. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 14, 2014
Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language
2051
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss four legal cases in which the dictionary played a crucial part.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 10, 2014
Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides
2281
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early history of the word "dude." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 27, 2014
Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No
1668
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the many meanings of a child's "no." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 23, 2013
Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not"
1917
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss JFK's Inaugural Address with Richard Tofel, author of Sounding the Trumpet. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 16, 2013
Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Arika Okrent about the most logical language ever invented. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 09, 2013
Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement
186
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce the return of Lexicon Valley. Yay!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 04, 2013
Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the irresistible pull of language pedantry.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 05, 2013
Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone
1827
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the relationship between tonal languages and musical acuity.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 15, 2013
Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude
1290
Mike Vuolo talks with an anthropological linguist about the influence geography might have on speech.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 01, 2013
Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four
1884
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the importance of talking to your child.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 24, 2013
Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing
1615
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss curse words old and new with author Melissa Mohr. Show notes at slate.com/lexiconvalley.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 17, 2013
Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive
1707
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the seemingly paradoxical phrase "yeah-no."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 10, 2013
Special Announcement
207
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce a new run of Lexicon Valley episodes.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 01, 2013
Special Announcement
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Lexicon Valley will be back with a run of all-new episodes in the spring.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 13, 2013
Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II
1915
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss R-dropping and the New York accent.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 28, 2013
Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw
1488
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a defining feature of the classic New York accent.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 14, 2013
Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On
1713
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss creaky voice.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 31, 2012
Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up
1796
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss metaphor and the "fiscal cliff."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 17, 2012
Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper
1866
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Cherokee syllabary.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 03, 2012
Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the debate over "illegal" versus "undocumented" at the heart of U.S. immigration policy.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 12, 2012
Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo speak with Nataly Kelly, coauthor of Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 29, 2012
Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop
2000
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what malapropisms might reveal about the way we organize our mental dictionary.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 15, 2012
Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the commonly held belief that some languages are spoken faster than others.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 01, 2012
Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Geoffrey Nunberg about his book Ascent of the A-word: A**holism, the First Sixty Years.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 17, 2012
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley
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Mike announces a run of all new episodes beginning later in the summer.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 18, 2012
Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what we lose when a language goes extinct.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 09, 2012
Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then
1924
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the historical present.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 02, 2012
Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them
1979
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss stylometry.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 18, 2012
Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about how Mad Men and Downton Abbey can teach us about language change.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 11, 2012
Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English
1953
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Gettysburg Address.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 04, 2012
Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the most significant change to the English language that you've never heard of.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 27, 2012
Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the he said/she said of the epicene pronoun.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 14, 2012
Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 07, 2012
Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals
1830
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means for language to have gender.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 30, 2012
Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread
1819
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the big ambitions of the word "so."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 23, 2012
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley
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Mike announces a batch of brand new episodes.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 04, 2012
Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble
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Mike Vuolo talks to "Word Freak" author Stefan Fatsis about the nature of language in Scrabble.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 12, 2012
Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to author David Skinner about his book, The Story of Ain't, which will be published in the fall of 2012.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 05, 2012
Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the vernacular wrapped in a dialect inside a language that some call Ebonics.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 27, 2012
Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the hypercorrected incorrectness of "between you and I."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 20, 2012
Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots
1967
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the evolution of the word "faggot."<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 13, 2012
Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the longstanding English language proscription against ending a sentence with a preposition.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 06, 2012