Why Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra gave America its modern language, and why some preachers are struggling to haul it back into the past.
Clips that mark the progress of America’s weird decades-long linguistic detour
Why mid-20th-century American movies, plays, and public speeches were dominated by a dialect that no real American naturally spoke.
“A person can't pick up this way of speaking by going to the movies. You have to go to graduate school.” Was the stagey mid-century accent too easy a route to upward social mobility?
Is your language rhotic? How to find out, and whether you should care.
A particular style of American English once dominated respectable discourse. Now it has entirely disappeared. When? Why? How?
Airhead High: Home of the Stoners
A Mondegreen moment may be closer than you think.
Those were not General Custer's last words at the Little Big Horn. But if he were a modern politician, they probably would have been.
"Facebook is blocked in China, but Chinese media and social media was aflame with the story of the multi-billionaire founder of Facebook who speaks Chinese!"
Finale on the Zuckerberg-in-China saga
"Yes, I could give a 30-minute Chinese-language speech much better than Zuckerberg’s. But I will never be able to satisfy the request to do so in front of millions of people."
A familiar voice in a new location
By Deborah Fallows
"For Russians, if our hockey team wins, nothing else will matter. And if they lose, nothing else will matter."
When in doubt, try French.
The first seven are in different ways encouraging; number eight, less so.
by Deborah Fallows
By Deborah Fallows.
"Mr. Serving Dishes" comes to San Francisco and offers American manufacturers new hope.