"Nine Nasty Words" by John McWhorter

"Nine Nasty Words" by John McWhorter

Review by Joshua Isard July 1, 2021
A preeminent linguist examines realms of language considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power—and why we love them.

The Linguistic Turn: Explorations at the Edge of Language

Column by Leah Dearborn May 19, 2015
At its heart, the Linguistic Turn is an attempt to make a map of human thought through language. How far beyond the horizon can our words travel? How finite is thought?

5 Words to Be Grateful For

Column by Ed Sikov November 28, 2013
In this season of giving thanks, one man expresses gratitude for a few of his favorite words.
Visual Language of Comics Has its Roots in the Ice Age

Visual Language of Comics Has its Roots in the Ice Age

News by Dean Fetzer
Comic artist and psychologist Neil Cohn’s new book explores the connections that graphic stories have in the human brain and reveals they have a language we intuitively understand.

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Column by Kimberly Turner July 29, 2013
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?

Twitter: Destructor Of Grammar Or Awesome Word Factory?

Column by Kimberly Turner February 28, 2013
Is Twitter's inescapable deluge of 140-character blurbs massacring English as we know it or pushing us to write tighter, more concise copy?

Etymological Evolution: 12 Words Altered By Historical Misuse

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 23, 2012
Does the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Writers Don't Care About Classic Lit

Study By Math Dudes Claims Writers Don't Care About Classic Lit

News by Kimberly Turner June 1, 2012
A study from Dartmouth mathematicians claims classic literature has less influence than ever before, but is it true?