Dropping that ‘t’ sound is an example of what linguists call glottalization, or replacing a sound with a pause in the vocal cords.
A 2019 study of scientists over-wintering in Antarctica revealed subtle but measurable changes in the participants’ speech.
Vocal fry describes a specific sound quality caused by the movement of the vocal folds—and it’s nothing new.
In English we have a few different ways to write the sound of a kiss: muah, smack, xxx. They get the idea across, but none of them imitate the actual sound of a kiss.
The connections between words aren’t always as straightforward as the link between run and runner; often, figuring them out requires the subtle unraveling of linguistic evolution, the kind of detective work that makes etymology so fascinating.
A pronoun slip can be embarrassing, especially if you pride yourself on being generally good at using the language people have asked you to use. Why do pronoun slips happen, and why do we seem to mess up pronouns more than names or other gendered words?
Linguistic illusions—a phenomenon in which your judgment or understanding of a sentence or phrase conflicts with its actual meaning or structure—reveal how we process the world, and remind us that things aren’t always as they seem.
Learning how to pronounce ‘biopic’ is one thing. Understanding why it’s such a commonly mispronounced word is another.
The Oxford English Dictionary is here to help you learn the nuanced meaning of ‘deepfake.’
How many sounds can you figure out how to make?
The story behind which orange came first involves Arab trade routes and a bunch of old phrases that mean 'orange apple.'
This information might not jibe with what you’ve heard before.
Scientists found a key trait that makes words sound profane in multiple languages.
Any debate about how to pronounce ‘pecan’ could easily turn into a discussion about dialect—but that’s not just another word for ‘accent.’
Wordle solutions aren’t all created equal—and if PARER was your streak-ending downfall, you’re in good company.
The phrase "American as apple pie" leaves out the dish's complicated history as an English dessert made of fruit that originated in Asia.
Having egg on your face used to have a literal meaning. Here’s how it became an idiom.
‘Chicken’ is such a common synonym for ‘coward’ that it probably doesn’t even seem weird. But it is.
Pigs were involved in piggyback rides lexically much more than literally.
Whether you say 'car-mel' or 'car-a-mel', your pronunciation of 'caramel' is technically correct.
Linguists and lexicographers have truly gone the whole nine yards to uncover the origin of ‘the whole nine yards.’
What's the 'worse' or 'worst' that could happen if you use the wrong form of this commonly used word? Here's what to know.