Browsing Black History
How Black Queers Made 'Sis' a Gender Neutral Term of Endearment
"Sis" is an evolved expression, rooted in the Christian church and revolutionized by queer Black people—and it's not a term everyone can or should use.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
Forensic Linguist Says 'Lodestar' Can't Tell Us Who Burned Trump in New York Times Op-Ed
Guessing the anonymous author of the Trump op-ed in The New York Times based on the use of the word ‘lodestar’ is “entirely useless,” according to a forensic linguist.
Why Linguists Watched the Same Season of 'Big Brother' for 6 Years
Sometimes you gotta suffer for science.
How Urban Dictionary Became a Cesspool for Racists and Misogynists
The popular, crowd-sourced lexicon was supposed to be the people's resource. The people are awful.
Talk This Way
Website That Simulates How Speech Works in Your Mouth Is So Weird and Cool
The Power of 'Petty': How One Small Word Came to Represent Black Resistance
From Kobe Bryant to Beyoncé to Kermit the Frog, pettiness has pervaded meme culture of the past year.
Experience Enron's Everyday Evil with a 500,000+ Email Experiment
One of the most notorious corporate scandals in American history comes to your inbox in Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne's project, 'The Good Life.'
An Astrolinguist Explains How to Talk to Aliens
The president of METI International weighs in on the science and fiction of ‘Arrival.’
A Dialect Coach Attempts to Unpack What's Going on with Lindsay Lohan's Voice
"For her to forget how to make an 'a' sound is like, Lindsay..."
Werner Herzog On Science, Language, Mars, and His Fever Dreams
A chat with the unstoppable filmmaker on Radio Motherboard.
'Arrival' Is Sci-Fi at Its Smartest and Weirdest
Denis Villeneuve's much-anticipated film, now making the festival rounds, is big on capital "I" ideas and doesn't need show-offy effects to grab you.
The VICE Guide to Right Now
Dogs Can Actually Understand What You're Saying to Them, Study Says
You aren't tricking your dog when you talk about the vet in an excitable tone.