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Wikipedia’s copy editor army

How do you edit a giant crowd-sourced encyclopedia? With volunteers — and lots of fighting.

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From letters to apps, the secret code language of lovers

How generations of Valentines have invented ways of writing for one reader alone.

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Linguists are like, ‘Get used to it!’

Why a new way to quote people has taken English by storm.

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From ‘mankind’ to ‘mansplain,’ the descent of ‘man’

Why marking things as manly now means something so different.

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To the dictionary’s class of 1914: happy birthday!

“Backpack,” “postmodernism,” and “oy vey” turn 100.

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Hello, banh mi! How food words join the dictionary

From pepita to saison, 2014’s most delicious new entries into American English.

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‘Lockdown’ vs. ‘silent safety drill’: The school security language debate

How do we talk about shootings without traumatizing kids?

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How poker players’ language gives them away

Until the arrival of the quants, reading “table talk” was a form of art.

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The case for Dictionary Day

If we did want to turn Dictionary Day into a real holiday how could we go about it?

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The Dreadnoughtus effect: Why dinosaurs have awesome names

What do you call a gigantic lizard no human will ever see?

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/snowFinal-534.jpg Will Boston’s crazy snowfalls make people leave?

An endless winter has everyone threatening to flee for good. Who might really go — and how it could shift the population.