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How new words are born
According to Global Language Monitor, around 5,400 new words are created every year; it’s only the 1,000 or so deemed to be in sufficiently widespread use that make it into print.
Me, Myself, I, and Yourselves Too
The use of the reflexive pronoun in a nonreflexive way seems to be a growing phenomenon, but the data are mixed.
Words, books, technology and language
The Language Barrier Is About to Fall
A decade from now, I would predict, everyone reading this article will be able to converse in dozens of foreign languages, eliminating the very concept of a language barrier.
Should all immigrants learn English?
Two Times journalists with very different views discuss the government’s proposal that immigrants should be obliged to learn English if they want to remain in the UK.
The finger of fame
Umberto Eco rode literary stardom like a plump surfer on a giant laughing wave. Harper Lee was drowned by it.
The Foodnited States Of America, A Pun-Fueled Series of US States Made From Food
Yes, someone thought of a food-related pun for every US state and then made a model of the state out of that food.