Sunday Jun 23rd, 2013

When in Rome, swear as the Romans do

What’s the meaning of the word irrumatio? In Ancient Rome, to threaten another individual with irrumatio qualified as one of the highest offenses, topping off a list of seemingly frivolous obscenities that — needless to say — did not survive into the modern era. read more »

Wednesday Apr 2nd, 2014

Etymology as a profession

Anatoly Liberman on qualifications, job opportunities, the work itself
Sunday Mar 9th, 2014

Jane Austen and the art of letter writing

Taking a Closer Look at Austen’s Language
Thursday Feb 20th, 2014

What does he mean by ‘I love you?’

Emotion words across languages and cultures
Monday Feb 17th, 2014

How the Humanities changed the world

Have insights from the humanities ever led to breakthroughs?
Sunday
Feb 16th, 2014

Thinking about the mind: an anti-linguistic turn

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Wednesday
Jan 22nd, 2014

Whoa, or “the road we rode”

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Sunday
Nov 24th, 2013

Buzzword shaming

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Thursday
Nov 21st, 2013

Edwin Battistella’s Word of the Year Fantasy League

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Wednesday
Nov 20th, 2013

Language history leading to ‘selfie’

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Tuesday
Nov 19th, 2013

Edwin Battistella’s words

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Tuesday
Nov 19th, 2013

Lincoln’s rhetoric in the Gettysburg Address

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Wednesday
Oct 9th, 2013

An interlude

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Monday
Sep 30th, 2013

How to be an English language tourist?

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Friday
Aug 16th, 2013

Challenges of the social life of language

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