Communication with the Divine is an extraordinary thing, and so most religions have specific, prescribed forms of language for it. How well do they serve the purpose?  Continue reading...

Many of the names for the most popular foods we associate with Mexico are not of Spanish origin; they come from Nahuatl and they are called by a descendant of their original name today in both Spanish and English.  Continue reading...

Language doesn't change very much in 85 years but it changes enough for the modern reader to uncover a few surprises.  Continue reading...

The dictionary that used to reside on the bookshelf lives in the cloud now. Publishers and lexicographers alike have sunk, but some continue to swim.  Continue reading...

English speakers are comfortable with many plural nouns that take a singular verb, as long as the noun falls into a class that has some familiar companions of the same kind.  Continue reading...

The language of road signs is intended to be helpful but it sometimes misses the mark.  Continue reading...

Has language taken a subordinate role in the explosion of new media, now that we have so many more metalinguistic ways to message directly than we used to?  Continue reading...

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