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Lexicon Valley

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Rank #9 in Language Learning category

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Language Learning
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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.

iTunes Ratings

2367 Ratings
Average Ratings
1883
284
79
53
68

Excellent

By iphonecool8847 - Mar 17 2020
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Always funny and informative. Personally I like the showtunes.

Process

By lrj60 - Jan 07 2020
Read more
Process-es. It grinds my nerves. It’s like fingers going down a chalkboard.

iTunes Ratings

2367 Ratings
Average Ratings
1883
284
79
53
68

Excellent

By iphonecool8847 - Mar 17 2020
Read more
Always funny and informative. Personally I like the showtunes.

Process

By lrj60 - Jan 07 2020
Read more
Process-es. It grinds my nerves. It’s like fingers going down a chalkboard.
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Lexicon Valley

Latest release on May 26, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 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

39mins

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Rank #2: The Many Lives of Anna Karenina

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to journalist and author Masha Gessen about translating Tolstoy.

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Jan 26 2015

39mins

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Rank #3: Number Theory

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo ask the question: How did we go from "four and twenty" to "twenty four"?
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Nov 03 2014

29mins

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Rank #4: 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

34mins

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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

30mins

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Rank #7: 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

34mins

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Rank #8: 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

45mins

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Rank #9: Man on the Street

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jonathon Green, author of The Vulgar Tongue and Green's Dictionary of Slang, a 6,000-page, three-volume reference more than 20 years in the making.
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Oct 06 2014

40mins

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: Private Parts

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What does a rooster have to do with male genitalia anyway?

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Dec 10 2019

40mins

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Rank #12: 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

38mins

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Rank #13: 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

26mins

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Rank #14: A Bisl Yiddish

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Add to German a large helping of Hebrew and a dollop of Slavic. Stir. Let marinate. Enjoy!

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Dec 24 2019

46mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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

35mins

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Rank #17: 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

34mins

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Rank #18: The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro

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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to arts critic Nathan Rabin and journalist Christopher John Farley about the phrases they coined to identify two of Hollywood's most pernicious tropes.
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Aug 11 2014

32mins

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Rank #19: 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

29mins

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Rank #20: 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

47mins

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Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

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Can strongly aspirated consonants increase transmission of COVID-19?

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May 26 2020

44mins

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Our Indigenous Languages

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A luxuriance of long words, baroque case endings and irregular everything—the Native American tongues!

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May 12 2020

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I Just Can't!

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Host John McWhorter shares some of his longstanding language peeves—yes, linguists have them too!

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Apr 28 2020

45mins

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The Many Meanings of Too

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Host John McWhorter finds linguistic inspiration in an 80-year-old musical performance of Rubber Dolly.

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Apr 14 2020

42mins

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Sicko, Whacko, Weirdo

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The -o suffix traces back to old comic strip characters with names like Knocko and Groucho. Neato!

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Mar 31 2020

43mins

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Chinese Has No Grammar, Right? Wrong!

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Mandarin might not have gender or case endings but there's more to grammar than conjugations.

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Mar 17 2020

50mins

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From Uptalk to Vocal Fry, Women Are Prolific Language Innovators

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Want to hear what English will sound like in the future? Talk to a woman.

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Mar 04 2020

49mins

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In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?

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DNA analysis is revealing which speakers traveled where and when.

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Feb 18 2020

43mins

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Digging Up the Past

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Let's talk about how we talk about that which already occurred.

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Feb 04 2020

41mins

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Verbs on the Move

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Coming and going in languages around the world.

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Jan 21 2020

40mins

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Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?

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How our idea of formality can affect the way we say certain words.

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Jan 07 2020

47mins

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A Bisl Yiddish

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Dec 24 2019

46mins

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Private Parts

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What does a rooster have to do with male genitalia anyway?

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Dec 10 2019

40mins

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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

45mins

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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

36mins

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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

34mins

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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

40mins

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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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iTunes Ratings

2367 Ratings
Average Ratings
1883
284
79
53
68

Excellent

By iphonecool8847 - Mar 17 2020
Read more
Always funny and informative. Personally I like the showtunes.

Process

By lrj60 - Jan 07 2020
Read more
Process-es. It grinds my nerves. It’s like fingers going down a chalkboard.