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Every year since 1990, the American Dialect Society holds "the Super Bowl of linguistics" to crown the word that defined the year.
Some parts of Wisconsin and Rhode Island call drinking fountains "bubblers." In New England, a milkshake is often called a "frappe."
The phrase "9/11" caught the attention of linguists and changed the way we talk about terrorist attacks. Linguists have noted how the name people assigned to the attacks, "9/11," is now a blueprint for naming other terrorist incidents around the world.
The American Dialect Society named "tender-age shelter" the 2018 "Word of the Year."
57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the Eng...
You're probably going to hear the phrase "merry Christmas" a lot over the next few days. But it might not always sound the same.
Facebook’s secretive hardware group made an armband that lets you ‘hear’ through your skin. It’s a key part of the companyR...
Researchers from Facebook's clandestine Building 8 — which aims to create the world's first brain-machine interfaces — created an armband that transforms words into understandable vibrations.
‘Soda,’ ‘pop,’ or ‘coke’: More than 400,000 Americans weighed in, and a map of their answers is exactly what you...
Americans have different words for soft drink depending on which region of the United States they're from. The three most popular terms are soda, pop, and coke, according to data collected by the site Pop Vs. Soda.
Movies like "Star Wars," "Ghostbusters," and "Clueless" are celebrated as classics. They also have made some lasting contributions to our vocabularies — sometimes in ways we don't even realize.
Some Americans say ‘firefly’ while others say ‘lightning bug,’ and a series of maps highlights an interesting theory why
In the United States, glowing insects are known as "fireflies" or "lightning bugs" depending on where you live. There's an interesting theory to explain why the two competing terms emerged, and it has to do with the natural surroundings of the two regions.
‘Sorry to Bother You’ is right — minorities are judged by the sound of their voice, and there’s science to prove it
In the new film "Sorry to Bother You," a black telemarketer finds success only after he starts speaking in a "white voice." The movie is rooted in science — linguists have long known that minorities face discrimination based on the sound of their voice.