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Language’s sordid history with words that contradict themselves

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A linguist explains how our “conversational style” changes the way we interact

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Oxford says the origins of ‘yikes’ are unknown, but could it be traced back as far as Latin?

A dilapidated one-story building with “yikes” graffittied over a window, behind a chain-link fence.
A dilapidated one-story building with “yikes” graffittied over a window, behind a chain-link fence.
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Why we should take a red pen to ‘The Elements of Style’ and other writing guides

Dimly lit desk with an open notebook with pencil illuminated by a lamp.
Dimly lit desk with an open notebook with pencil illuminated by a lamp.
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This Is Us

On the twee language of pregnancy and motherhood

Closeup shot of an person holding a sonogram in front of their pregnant belly.
Closeup shot of an person holding a sonogram in front of their pregnant belly.
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Express Yourself

Our need to give things simple names leaves out a lot of nuance

Fish illustration by melissa toldy
Fish illustration by melissa toldy
is this a fish?

“When you actually examine the range of life on Earth, it takes a lot of acrobatics to sort it into a single hierarchy with humans at the top.” — Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don’t Exist


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Humans have a habit of bending words to meet their needs — and defying dictionary definitions in the process

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Redundant letters and inconsistent spelling. How does anyone get anything done with this?

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The English language continues to be inconsistent and bewildering

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Past Is Prologue

And other examples of why more is more in Italy

The Statue of David in Florence. Photo: iStock

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