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A Brief History of the Evolution of Locker Room Talk
Apparently it used to be mostly about golf.
Our Language Has ‘Interesting Little Wrinkles,’ Linguist Says
The meaning of words, and the way we used them, change all the time — and that’s OK with linguist John McWhorter of Columbia University. (Also a podcast).
Pass the Gary Neville: Which word tribe do you belong to?
We are surrounded by hundreds of ‘tribes’, each speaking their own distinct slanguage of colourful words, jokes and phrases that together form an idiosyncratic phrasebook, years in the making.
Words, dictionaries and language
Green’s Dictionary of Slang Comes Online
The man himself explains why he was so keen to get his dictionary online, and the journey to get it there.
Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature?! A Conversation
A fan and a sceptic debate the controversial award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan.