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How to talk like a doomsday prepper

Useful jargon for the zombie apocalypse.

Jacques Barzun, protector of English

Right up to his death at 104, the historian fought to preserve the language he loved.

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How Twitter language reveals your gender — or your friends’

Social media is giving linguists new insight into how speech varies.

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Now, speaking for Romney (or Obama)

The shift to calling someone a ‘surrogate’ of a candidate instead of a supporter says a lot about how the political game has evolved.

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Dear Apple: Stop the funnification!

Advertisers love coining words nearly as much as critics love skewering them.

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How Sam, Mike, and Will became football positions

The logic of the game’s strange new nicknames.

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What is YOLO? Only teenagers know for sure

A youthful slang craze flies under the adult radar.

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Crowdsourcing the dictionary

A publisher turns to the masses for new words.

How did ‘Monday’ become a racist slur?

A Leominster police officer’s coded insult opens up a world of regular words used for ill.

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Higgs boson metaphors as clear as molasses

The pleasures and limits of analogy in science.