Technology is rapidly accelerating the creation of new punning slang, to the point of fundamentally changing the Chinese language.
A celebration of the use and misuse of the word ‘literally.’
Soccer and language differences bring out our tribalism. That may not help in solving the Euro Crisis.
Is there a single correct way to pronounce cities like Kiev and Krakow?
Podcast: A group of artists bring politics and color to the streets of Kenya’s capital.
As Burma opens up, political speech is less restricted, but testing it is still risky.
A British woman with Tourette’s Syndrome celebrates the humor of her verbal tics.
As young Vietnamese flock to language schools, older Vietnamese feel the culture shock.
Does China’s rise mean that Mandarin will one day replace English as the language of global trade?
A linguistic mix-up sends two journalists to a Libyan jail for three weeks.
Writer Elizabeth Little discovers Twilight tourism and the Quileute language
Will French singers stop using the word “Mademoiselle” now that the French government has?
There are many ways to tell history. One of the most revealing may be by relating the jokes of a time and a place. Ben Lewis does that in Hammer and Tickle. These are jokes of people victimized by Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Carol and Patrick discuss five language stories in the news including: new naming protocols for Chinese orphans; a Spanish language movie that is barred from competing as a foreign language film at the Academy Awards; and the latest volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English.