The racist language used by the president—and the alleged El Paso shooter—to describe immigrants originated on the West Coast more than a century ago.
“People who shower after work” has been used by politicians to demonstrate an empathetic connection with people in blue-collar jobs.
Whether the president’s tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color are bigoted cannot be decided solely by dictionary definitions.
The real reason the president says words such as loco and hombres
As the quality of the top contestants has ramped up dramatically in recent years, the national competition has struggled to keep up.
The late filmmaker’s unconventional spelling was a stylistic choice that signified the forging of an anti-establishment identity in rap music.
The rapper is looking to protect a phrase she made popular, though not for the reason one might think.
The college-admissions scandal has illuminated the fact that the word’s original definition was satirical. But Americans, for the most part, have ignored that entirely.
A once-simple refrain has now become weighted with conflicting political meanings.
The president’s use of the term draws on a long tradition—a way for commanders in chief to connect with people via kitchen-table economics.
Even when she taps into the colloquial vernacular that’s characteristic of her Oklahoma roots, the Democratic presidential candidate risks appearing inauthentic.
Her much-ridiculed statement that “we need wall” is a sign that the barrier may be more nebulous than imagined.
The president keeps inveighing against all the con jobs he imagines surrounding him. You could say that it takes one to know one.
Not only did the Queen of Soul change the course of music with her smash hit “Respect,” she also introduced a now-ubiquitous slang word into the American lexicon.
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.