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Lexicon Valley

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Rank #3 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.

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2378 Ratings
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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
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Process-es. It grinds my nerves. It’s like fingers going down a chalkboard.

iTunes Ratings

2378 Ratings
Average Ratings
1892
284
79
54
69

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 Oct 27, 2020

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: Private Parts

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

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Dec 10 2019

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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: 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

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Rank #17: 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

35mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: Getting to Yes

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Yes! John McWhorter on our compact, workaday affirmative.

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May 01 2018

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Rank #20: 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

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