Why linguistic urban legends go viral online
The term is a case study in how words from Asian languages work their way into English, often with an exoticizing air that masks more complex cultural histories.
Words with multiple meanings pose a special challenge to algorithms.
Many have claimed to know the origin story of the service industry’s most infamous number. But the real roots of the term have been largely forgotten.
Remembering the writer’s contributions to the English language, which went far beyond the most obvious catchphrases that he popularized
An absorbing documentary spotlights four young Indian American spellers trying to make their way through a competitive field.
A Republican Senate candidate in West Virginia recently put a 21st century spin on the vintage epithet.
The New York governor recently repeated a common, but dubious, explanation for the epithet.
In a tweet targeting former FBI Director James Comey, the president used an epithet whose origins date back 1,000 years.
As an expression of “in-group” identity in American politics, how politicians say a state’s name can be powerfully symbolic.
President Trump recently used the epithet to describe his outgoing National Economic Council director—but the seeds of its disparaging use were firmly planted 75 years ago.
Shithole, shithouse. Tomato, tomato.
A 1629 manuscript containing the first-known use of the term can be found at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Donald Trump described himself as “like, really smart.”
Using data to assess whether the president's lawyer really wrote a message that renewed questions about obstruction of justice.
Could the word pled really reveal who wrote Trump’s reaction to the Flynn news?
Released 50 years ago, “I Am the Walrus” is endlessly analyzable, and yet somehow analysis-proof.
Why the popular mobile game is adding certain abbreviations to its lexicon—breaking with a rule held sacred by its forebear, Scrabble
How a seemingly innocuous phrase became a metonym for the skewed sexual politics of show business
With the addition of wildcard search-term capabilities, Google's fabulous language-analysis tool gets even more powerful.