The Rodney Dangerfield PronounListen now (34 min) | In language, redundancy opens up possibilities.
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Also, Professor McWhorter on his favorite dinosaur.
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The Luck of the PotListen now (6 min) | Does "potluck" have Native American origins?
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Is Negro a Slur or Just Antiquated?Listen now (35 min) | And does the word "picnic" have a racist origin?
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The short answer is that it didn't.
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Sullen, Secure & SoberListen now (4 min) | A root meaning "separate or apart" unites words across English and other languages.
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One Is the Loneliest NumberListen now (31 min) | A breakdown of all things oneness.
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Also, will standardized tests ever except nonstandard grammar?
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From Disrespect to DisasterListen now (5 min) | It's rare for a prefix to strike out on its own, but dis has done just that.
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Throw Up, Turn Out & BelieveListen now (46 min) | More about how new words are formed and what they might say about how long a language has been around.
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The verbing of access became widespread only in about the 1970s, and now it's ubiquitous.
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Oversight Committee OverlooksListen now (4 min) | Words can literally mean their opposite. Deal with it.
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