Rank #1: Losing your accent
Rank #2: The first cousin of English
Rank #3: 'Dialect' versus 'language,' what's the big deal?!
Rank #4: If you could talk to the animals
Rank #5: How has Basque survived?
“The Basque language has words coming from all languages that have been in Europe since prehistory from Latin and Celtic languages, and probably from languages before these Celtic languages. Who knows what was spoken in Europe at the time.”
This week on the podcast we talk about this mysterious language. How did it survive the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco when writing and speaking were illegal? How has this minority language thrived and even grown in the years since Franco’s dictatorship ended? And what’s the future hold for the language?
Rank #6: What the Cuck?
This has been an election season of words: “bigly” or is it “big league,” “basket of deplorables” and you can’t forget “nasty.” But one word has recently caught a lot of people's attention: cuck.
It’s a slur being used by white nationalists and white supremacists, the so-called "alt-right,” people like Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute. The deceptively generic sounding organization espouses white nationalist ideology. During their conference held in Washington DC right after the US election, Spencer made headlines by using the phrase “Hail Trump” in his speech. In the same speech he also used the word “cuck.”
But long before white nationalist grabbed hold of cuck, the word, which has roots in the ancient insult “cuckold” took some interesting turns in its modern usage.
On the podcast this week we focus on the word "cuck." What does it mean? Who uses it? And how did it become the slur of choice for white nationalists? We'll hear from and linguist Michael Adams, sex columnist Dan Savage, and white nationalist Richard Spencer.
Rank #7: To Catch a Fortune Cookie Thief
Rank #8: Could Neanderthals talk?
Rank #9: Grandmothers have the best curse words
Rank #10: The Story of 'X'
Rank #11: The words of 2017
Rank #12: How Christianese became a thing
Rank #13: 'Black' is a French word too
Rank #14: Elena Ferrante & Italy's Linguistic Past
Rank #15: Deciphering the Lingo of Pro-Trump Trolls
“It felt like I was looking in to a group and I didn’t understand the group joke,” said Cristina.
But understanding the group joke is Cristina’s job. She works for a non-profit called Media Matters For America, a left leaning non-profit that monitors the conservative media for misinformation. Since the election Cristina and her colleagues have spent many hours lurking on these message boards deciphering the words and memes of what she calls the #MAGA troll dialect.
This week on the podcast Cristina Lopez explains some of the dialect.