Why are companies so effective at ruining slang?
We are off today and tomorrow for the US Independence Day holiday. Also included, a song that hews carefully to archaic rules about prepositions at the end of sentences.
What will the “grey goo” of AI generated text do to us? A scholar of writing and technology talks with us about AI and Large Language Models.
Richard de Grijs comes to grips with his field’s use of potentially offensive language.
Annoying business jargon has a sneaky habit of becoming ingrained in everyday language.
Some etymological fun — English words that seem like they should be related but aren’t.
More language nerdery, probing the origins of the pairing of the letters Q and U in English.
The impact of the Germanic and Romance language roots that led to modern English.
Thinking of traveling back in time? Watch this cautionary video first.
Steven Pinker discusses a better model for more effective prose, particularly for academic authors.
A look at common terms that are improperly used to describe science.
What does the word “phone” mean in this day and age?
Can an online dictionary combining wiki and search do better? In some ways, yes. In others, there’s still the intractable problems of English to solve.
A bizarre evolutionary scenario gave us the most powerful tool nature has ever created.