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Lexicon Valley

By Slate

Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

  1. 1.
    A Penetrating History of F*%k01/08/2019
    42:47
  2. 2.
    When Did English Get Happy?12/25/2018
    35:26
  3. 3.
    Sponsored: Adjusting the Lens on Chronic Disease12/13/2018
    28:50
  4. 4.
    Why Language Can't Be Tamed12/11/2018
    38:01
  5. 5.
    Is Social Media Changing English?11/27/2018
    39:45
  6. 6.
    What Was the First Language?11/13/2018
    45:47
  7. 7.
    So ... Let's Talk About So10/30/2018
    38:27
  8. 8.
    Like-Minded10/16/2018
    32:37
  1. 9.
    Why Do Southerners Talk Like That?10/02/2018
    38:53
  2. 10.
    The Habitual Past09/18/2018
    32:10
  3. 11.
    A Riot of Color09/04/2018
    38:43
  4. 12.
    The Rise of They08/21/2018
    40:01
  5. 13.
    Wabbit Twacks08/06/2018
    40:31
  6. 14.
    Tee Time07/24/2018
    40:09
  7. 15.
    Happy Birthday OED!07/10/2018
    34:01
  8. 16.
    If Frozen, Why Not Squozen?06/26/2018
    35:07
  9. 17.
    The Pronouning of Profanities06/12/2018
    32:12
  10. 18.
    One Tongue to Rule Them All05/29/2018
    36:34
  11. 19.
    The Art of the Spiel05/15/2018
    41:50
  12. 20.
    Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar05/09/2018
    0:32
  13. 21.
    Getting to Yes05/01/2018
    33:39
  14. 22.
    The Story of P04/17/2018
    36:26
  15. 23.
    English Spelling Is a Beautiful Mess04/03/2018
    34:04
  16. 24.
    Did the Founding Fathers Have a British Accent?03/20/2018
    35:15
  17. 25.
    No-Uh!03/06/2018
    32:16
  18. 26.
    The Inner Workings of Out02/20/2018
    31:43
  19. 27.
    Words, For Her02/06/2018
    32:29
  20. 28.
    What's the Deal with Eleven?01/23/2018
    42:04
  21. 29.
    There Are Two N-Words01/09/2018
    32:53
  22. 30.
    The Thing Is Is12/26/2017
    31:07
  23. 31.
    An Accidental Sanctity12/12/2017
    31:15
  24. 32.
    Thanksgiving Misnomers11/28/2017
    33:08
  25. 33.
    Sometimes Just Because11/14/2017
    29:06
  26. 34.
    Against Strunk & White10/31/2017
    29:40
  27. 35.
    Whence Baby Mama?10/17/2017
    34:53
  28. 36.
    Este No Es Parqueo10/03/2017
    33:05
  29. 37.
    From Pidgins to Creoles09/19/2017
    34:40
  30. 38.
    Do Languages Simplify Over Time?09/05/2017
    28:51
  31. 39.
    Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa?08/22/2017
    28:38
  32. 40.
    New Life for Dying Languages08/08/2017
    34:03
  33. 41.
    In the Negative07/25/2017
    28:49
  34. 42.
    Why Do Languages Have Contractions?07/11/2017
    32:50
  35. 43.
    The Incredible Lightness of Being06/27/2017
    26:02
  36. 44.
    Is There a Jewish Way of Talking?06/13/2017
    35:03
  37. 45.
    Mining Graffiti for Slang05/30/2017
    28:39
  38. 46.
    That's Not a Word, Is It?05/16/2017
    27:36
  39. 47.
    The Language of Female Friendships05/02/2017
    32:43
  40. 48.
    The Euphemism Treadmill04/18/2017
    25:29
  41. 49.
    Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton04/04/2017
    27:36
  42. 50.
    Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial03/21/2017
    29:20
  43. 51.
    Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?02/07/2017
    32:17
  44. 52.
    What Had Happened Was Storytelling01/24/2017
    30:15
  45. 53.
    Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read01/10/2017
    29:38
  46. 54.
    Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus12/27/2016
    25:28
  47. 55.
    What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival"12/13/2016
    27:00
  48. 56.
    Black Like Us11/29/2016
    30:40
  49. 57.
    Language Lessons of Past Presidents11/15/2016
    29:02
  50. 58.
    Whither Didst Thou Go?11/01/2016
    33:02
  51. 59.
    Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?10/18/2016
    31:13
  52. 60.
    Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.10/04/2016
    24:54
  53. 61.
    What Is a Dictionary, Really?09/20/2016
    22:22
  54. 62.
    The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes09/06/2016
    22:38
  55. 63.
    Word Sex08/23/2016
    34:40
  56. 64.
    Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update? 08/08/2016
    43:43
  57. 65.
    Are Emoji a Language?07/26/2016
    37:34
  58. 66.
    Finding Life in a Dead Language07/12/2016
    25:28
  59. 67.
    Rules Are Made to Be Spoken06/29/2016
    28:59
  60. 68.
    The Tragedy of English Spelling06/14/2016
    25:07
  61. 69.
    Your Brain on Profanity05/31/2016
    31:57
  62. 70.
    Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!05/17/2016
    25:46
  63. 71.
    The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?05/03/2016
    26:50
  64. 72.
    A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish04/19/2016
    22:19
  65. 73.
    Defecation Presentation04/04/2016
    27:12
  66. 74.
    Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt03/08/2016
    29:27
  67. 75.
    The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump02/22/2016
    28:15
  68. 76.
    A British Insult Fit for Trump02/08/2016
    32:09
  69. 77.
    They Had a Good Year01/27/2016
    35:37
  70. 78.
    The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage01/11/2016
    36:11
  71. 79.
    Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms12/28/2015
    32:15
  72. 80.
    Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em!12/14/2015
    29:43
  73. 81.
    Snoozefest11/30/2015
    28:39
  74. 82.
    Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology11/16/2015
    27:33
  75. 83.
    A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia11/02/2015
    32:03
  76. 84.
    A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix10/19/2015
    28:39
  77. 85.
    Seven Centuries of F--ks10/05/2015
    31:39
  78. 86.
    An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing09/21/2015
    30:35
  79. 87.
    How New York Became the Big Apple09/07/2015
    22:12
  80. 88.
    Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?08/24/2015
    33:09
  81. 89.
    What Do You Mean What Is It Like?08/10/2015
    29:21
  82. 90.
    LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies07/27/2015
    37:29
  83. 91.
    What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld?07/13/2015
    41:06
  84. 92.
    LinguaFile XIII | Bozo06/29/2015
    24:17
  85. 93.
    The Pollyanna Hypothesis06/17/2015
    47:02
  86. 94.
    LinguaFile XII | Kibitz06/01/2015
    37:12
  87. 95.
    M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven!05/18/2015
    41:11
  88. 96.
    LinguaFile XI | Seersucker05/04/2015
    32:51
  89. 97.
    Double, Double, Toil and Trouble04/20/2015
    37:38
  90. 98.
    LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel04/06/2015
    35:21
  91. 99.
    And Infinitum03/23/2015
    36:27
  92. 100.
    LinguaFile IX | Carnival03/09/2015
    26:37
  93. 101.
    Sex Workers02/23/2015
    32:54
  94. 102.
    LinguaFile VIII | Quiz02/09/2015
    24:07
  95. 103.
    The Many Lives of Anna Karenina01/26/2015
    36:59
  96. 104.
    LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie01/12/2015
    31:48
  97. 105.
    Exposure to Vape Culture12/29/2014
    48:38
  98. 106.
    LinguaFile VI | Grog12/15/2014
    25:22
  99. 107.
    What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?12/01/2014
    36:47
  100. 108.
    LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat11/17/2014
    33:04
  101. 109.
    Number Theory11/03/2014
    27:02
  102. 110.
    LinguaFile IV | Snark10/20/2014
    41:35
  103. 111.
    Man on the Street10/06/2014
    38:17
  104. 112.
    LinguaFile III | Orange09/22/2014
    28:37
  105. 113.
    Demonstratively Speaking09/08/2014
    30:02
  106. 114.
    LinguaFile II | Lagniappe08/25/2014
    23:49
  107. 115.
    The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro08/11/2014
    30:22
  108. 116.
    LinguaFile I | Discombobulate07/28/2014
    18:25
  109. 117.
    Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf07/14/2014
    34:05
  110. 118.
    Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language03/10/2014
    31:40
  111. 119.
    Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides01/27/2014
    35:31
  112. 120.
    Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No12/23/2013
    25:18
  113. 121.
    Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not"12/16/2013
    29:27
  114. 122.
    Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity12/09/2013
    24:30
  115. 123.
    Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement12/04/2013
    0:36
  116. 124.
    Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right08/05/2013
    34:36
  117. 125.
    Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone07/15/2013
    27:57
  118. 126.
    Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude07/01/2013
    19:00
  119. 127.
    Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four06/24/2013
    28:54
  120. 128.
    Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing06/17/2013
    24:25
  121. 129.
    Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive06/10/2013
    25:57
  122. 130.
    Special Announcement06/01/2013
    0:57
  123. 131.
    Special Announcement02/13/2013
    1:28
  124. 132.
    Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II01/28/2013
    29:25
  125. 133.
    Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw01/14/2013
    22:18
  126. 134.
    Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On12/31/2012
    26:03
  127. 135.
    Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up12/17/2012
    27:26
  128. 136.
    Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper12/03/2012
    28:36
  129. 137.
    Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals11/12/2012
    32:52
  130. 138.
    Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes10/29/2012
    32:03
  131. 139.
    Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop10/15/2012
    30:50
  132. 140.
    Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange10/01/2012
    24:37
  133. 141.
    Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word09/17/2012
    25:21
  134. 142.
    Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley07/18/2012
    1:13
  135. 143.
    Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words07/09/2012
    21:10
  136. 144.
    Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then07/02/2012
    29:34
  137. 145.
    Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them06/18/2012
    30:29
  138. 146.
    Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past06/11/2012
    37:33
  139. 147.
    Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English06/04/2012
    30:03
  140. 148.
    Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing05/27/2012
    26:14
  141. 149.
    Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity05/14/2012
    37:28
  142. 150.
    Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge05/07/2012
    29:30
  143. 151.
    Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals04/30/2012
    28:00
  144. 152.
    Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread04/23/2012
    27:49
  145. 153.
    Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley04/04/2012
    0:57
  146. 154.
    Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble03/12/2012
    33:15
  147. 155.
    Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String03/05/2012
    34:52
  148. 156.
    Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O02/27/2012
    38:38
  149. 157.
    Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost02/20/2012
    27:39
  150. 158.
    Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots02/13/2012
    30:17
  151. 159.
    Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty02/06/2012
    22:13

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