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Lexicon Valley

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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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Lexicon Valley

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You went ahead and got the PhD so I didn’t have to.

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iTunes Ratings

2171 Ratings
Average Ratings
1717
266
75
48
65

Lexicon Valley

By GranddadVan - Aug 07 2019
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You went ahead and got the PhD so I didn’t have to.

Wow

By lrj60 - Aug 06 2019
Read more
Where have you been all my life?

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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

A Penetrating History of F*%k

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English speakers have been getting it on with the F-word for centuries.

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Jan 08 2019

45mins

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Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the hypercorrected incorrectness of "between you and I."

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Feb 20 2012

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Seven Centuries of F--ks

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F-Word, about a recent discovery in the history of one our most enduring expletives. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

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Oct 05 2015

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Why Do Southerners Talk Like That?

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John McWhorter dissects the many distinct features that make up Southern speech.

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Oct 02 2018

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The Pronouning of Profanities

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John McWhorter on the way in which words like f*ck and sh*t are increasingly standing in for it and that.

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Jun 12 2018

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A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the etymological quirkiness of the word "pussy." Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

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Nov 02 2015

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The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?

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Linguist John McWhorter argues that it makes perfect sense for the speech of black and white Americans to have subtle differences.

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May 03 2016

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The Inner Workings of Out

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John McWhorter on the rich complexities of a humble preposition.

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Feb 20 2018

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Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the vernacular wrapped in a dialect inside a language that some call Ebonics.

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Feb 27 2012

41mins

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What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to speech scientist Benjamin Munson about the "gay voice."

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Dec 01 2014

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The Language of Female Friendships

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John McWhorter discusses communication styles with linguist Deborah Tannen, author of You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships.

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May 02 2017

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Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss curse words old and new with author Melissa Mohr. Show notes at slate.com/lexiconvalley.

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Jun 17 2013

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Your Brain on Profanity

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Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and

Ourselves, discusses the science of cursing.

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May 31 2016

34mins

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Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?

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John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of like.

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Feb 07 2017

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Getting to Yes

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Yes! John McWhorter on our compact, workaday affirmative.

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May 01 2018

36mins

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Sex Workers

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the authoress, the usherette, and the editrix with Anne Curzan, the lady professor.

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Feb 23 2015

35mins

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Why Do Some Americans Say Warshed?

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The letter R has a habit of intruding on spoken English. How come?

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May 14 2019

47mins

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The Story of P

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John McWhorter on why the 16th letter of our alphabet is a fancy little thing.

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Apr 17 2018

38mins

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Words, For Her

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John McWhorter on the origin of woman, girl and other lady terms.

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Feb 06 2018

35mins

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Has English Gotten Less Complex?

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English has shed many of its nuances over the centuries. Take pronouns, for example.

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Sep 17 2019

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The Soft Power of Like

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Terms such as "like" and "sort of" are ways for English speakers to sound more polite.

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Nov 26 2019

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Men, Women and Children

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What is it with people and animals and irregular plurals?

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Nov 12 2019

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Zombie English

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Long-dead elements of the language still haunt our everyday speech.

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Oct 29 2019

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Let's Do Lunch

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Come table-hopping as we discuss the linguistic quirks of some mealtime terms.

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Oct 16 2019

37mins

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How to Think Like a Linguist

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Never mind those 26 letters—the English language has 44 unique sounds.

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Oct 01 2019

36mins

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Has English Gotten Less Complex?

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English has shed many of its nuances over the centuries. Take pronouns, for example.

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Sep 17 2019

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S#!t, Hell and Darn

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Curse words can reveal a lot about language. S#!t, hell and darn, to name three, contain countless linguistic lessons.

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Sep 03 2019

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This Family Speaks 1,200 Languages

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From Madagascar to Easter Island, Austronesian tongues traveled far and wide with early seafarers.

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Aug 19 2019

46mins

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Language vs. Dialect

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The difference between a language and a dialect is mostly meaningless and entirely political.

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Aug 06 2019

41mins

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The Internet Loves the Exclamation Point!!

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A conversation with linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book, Because Internet.

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Jul 23 2019

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Why Is "Ph" Pronounced That Way?

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Why is ph pronounced that way? The answer is positively phantastic.

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Jul 09 2019

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Does Language Affect Thought?

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We revisit the popular notion that our language helps shapes our worldview.

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Jun 25 2019

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A Fleeting Glance

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The word transient reveals some enduring patterns in English pronunciation and etymology.

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Jun 11 2019

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The Romance Languages

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What an ancient, undecipherable manuscript says—and doesn't say—about Latin and its spawn.

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May 28 2019

43mins

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Why Do Some Americans Say Warshed?

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The letter R has a habit of intruding on spoken English. How come?

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May 14 2019

47mins

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Flores Man vs. Sulawesi

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A linguistic mystery in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

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Apr 29 2019

46mins

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The Lingua Francas

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A conversation with Gaston Dorren, author of Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages.

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Apr 16 2019

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Can Climate Influence Language?

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Tonal languages evolved mostly in hot and humid places. What would explain that?

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Apr 02 2019

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When Ain't Was Alright

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What we can learn about English from am, the seemingly simplest verb.

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Mar 19 2019

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The Semitic Tongues

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Where did Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic and their kin originate? And what is a triconsonantal root?

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Mar 05 2019

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