Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

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Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Your hosts are Bob Garfield and producer Mike Vuolo. Part of the Panoply Network.

Episodes

Black Like Us  

Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?
 
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Language Lessons of Past Presidents  

What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?
 
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Whither Didst Thou Go?  

How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."
 
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Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?  

What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.

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Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.  

John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.

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What Is a Dictionary, Really?  

John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.

The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes  

What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean?  John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.

Word Sex  

How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones

Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update?  

John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare. 

Are Emoji a Language?  

Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.

Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin"  

Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin," talks about her transformative experience of learning Latin.

Rules Are Made to Be Spoken  

Rules Are Made to Be Spoken

The Tragedy of English Spelling  

Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says that English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that.

Your Brain on Profanity  

Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, discusses the science of cursing.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!  

How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game.

The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?  

Linguist John McWhorter argues that it makes perfect sense for the speech of black and white Americans to have subtle differences.

A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish  

How did Clupea harengus come to signify a diversionary tactic?

Defecation Presentation  

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?

Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt  

A phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries.

The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump  

Donald Trump calls people (and publications) he doesn’t like sad. When did that word become an insult?

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