Lexicon Valley

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Lexicon Valley

Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.
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Like-Minded Oct 16, 2018 Listen Download
Why Do Southerners Talk Like That? Oct 2, 2018 Listen Download
The Habitual Past Sep 18, 2018 Listen Download
A Riot of Color Sep 4, 2018 Listen Download
The Rise of They Aug 21, 2018 Listen Download
Wabbit Twacks Aug 6, 2018 Listen Download
Tee Time Jul 24, 2018 Listen Download
Happy Birthday OED! Jul 10, 2018 Listen Download
If Frozen, Why Not Squozen? Jun 26, 2018 Listen Download
The Pronouning of Profanities Jun 12, 2018 Listen Download
One Tongue to Rule Them All May 29, 2018 Listen Download
The Art of the Spiel May 15, 2018 Listen Download
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar May 9, 2018 Listen Download
Getting to Yes May 1, 2018 Listen Download
The Story of P Apr 17, 2018 Listen Download
English Spelling Is a Beautiful Mess Apr 3, 2018 Listen Download
English Spelling Is a Beautiful Mess Apr 3, 2018 Listen Download
Did the Founding Fathers Have a British Accent? Mar 20, 2018 Listen Download
Did the Founding Fathers Have a British Accent? Mar 20, 2018 Listen Download
No-Uh! Mar 6, 2018 Listen Download
No-Uh! Mar 6, 2018 Listen Download
The Inner Workings of Out Feb 20, 2018 Listen Download
The Inner Workings of Out Feb 20, 2018 Listen Download
Words, For Her Feb 6, 2018 Listen Download
Words, For Her Feb 6, 2018 Listen Download
What's the Deal with Eleven? Jan 23, 2018 Listen Download
What's the Deal with Eleven? Jan 23, 2018 Listen Download
There Are Two N-Words Jan 9, 2018 Listen Download
There Are Two N-Words Jan 9, 2018 Listen Download
The Thing Is Is Dec 26, 2017 Listen Download
The Thing Is Is Dec 26, 2017 Listen Download
An Accidental Sanctity Dec 12, 2017 Listen Download
An Accidental Sanctity Dec 12, 2017 Listen Download
Thanksgiving Misnomers Nov 28, 2017 Listen Download
Thanksgiving Misnomers Nov 28, 2017 Listen Download
Sometimes Just Because Nov 14, 2017 Listen Download
Sometimes Just Because Nov 14, 2017 Listen Download
Against Strunk & White Oct 31, 2017 Listen Download
Against Strunk & White Oct 31, 2017 Listen Download
Whence Baby Mama? Oct 17, 2017 Listen Download
Whence Baby Mama? Oct 17, 2017 Listen Download
Este No Es Parqueo Oct 3, 2017 Listen Download
Este No Es Parqueo Oct 3, 2017 Listen Download
From Pidgins to Creoles Sep 19, 2017 Listen Download
From Pidgins to Creoles Sep 19, 2017 Listen Download
Do Languages Simplify Over Time? Sep 5, 2017 Listen Download
Do Languages Simplify Over Time? Sep 5, 2017 Listen Download
Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa? Aug 22, 2017 Listen Download
Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa? Aug 22, 2017 Listen Download
New Life for Dying Languages Aug 8, 2017 Listen Download
New Life for Dying Languages Aug 8, 2017 Listen Download
In the Negative Jul 25, 2017 Listen Download
In the Negative Jul 25, 2017 Listen Download
Why Do Languages Have Contractions? Jul 11, 2017 Listen Download
Why Do Languages Have Contractions? Jul 11, 2017 Listen Download
The Incredible Lightness of Being Jun 27, 2017 Listen Download
The Incredible Lightness of Being Jun 27, 2017 Listen Download
Is There a Jewish Way of Talking? Jun 13, 2017 Listen Download
Is There a Jewish Way of Talking? Jun 13, 2017 Listen Download
Mining Graffiti for Slang May 30, 2017 Listen Download
Mining Graffiti for Slang May 30, 2017 Listen Download
That's Not a Word, Is It? May 16, 2017 Listen Download
That's Not a Word, Is It? May 16, 2017 Listen Download
The Language of Female Friendships May 2, 2017 Listen Download
The Language of Female Friendships May 2, 2017 Listen Download
The Euphemism Treadmill Apr 18, 2017 Listen Download
The Euphemism Treadmill Apr 18, 2017 Listen Download
Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton Apr 4, 2017 Listen Download
Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton Apr 4, 2017 Listen Download
Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial Mar 21, 2017 Listen Download
Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial Mar 21, 2017 Listen Download
Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much? Feb 7, 2017 Listen Download
Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much? Feb 7, 2017 Listen Download
What Had Happened Was Storytelling Jan 24, 2017 Listen Download
What Had Happened Was Storytelling Jan 24, 2017 Listen Download
Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read Jan 10, 2017 Listen Download
Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read Jan 10, 2017 Listen Download
Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus Dec 27, 2016 Listen Download
Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus Dec 27, 2016 Listen Download
What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival" Dec 13, 2016 Listen Download
What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival" Dec 13, 2016 Listen Download
Black Like Us Nov 29, 2016 Listen Download
Black Like Us Nov 29, 2016 Listen Download
Language Lessons of Past Presidents Nov 15, 2016 Listen Download
Language Lessons of Past Presidents Nov 15, 2016 Listen Download
Whither Didst Thou Go? Nov 1, 2016 Listen Download
Whither Didst Thou Go? Nov 1, 2016 Listen Download
Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies? Oct 18, 2016 Listen Download
Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies? Oct 18, 2016 Listen Download
Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It. Oct 4, 2016 Listen Download
Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It. Oct 4, 2016 Listen Download
What Is a Dictionary, Really? Sep 20, 2016 Listen Download
What Is a Dictionary, Really? Sep 20, 2016 Listen Download
The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes Sep 6, 2016 Listen Download
The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes Sep 6, 2016 Listen Download
Word Sex Aug 23, 2016 Listen Download
Word Sex Aug 23, 2016 Listen Download
Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update? Aug 8, 2016 Listen Download
Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update? Aug 8, 2016 Listen Download
Are Emoji a Language? Jul 26, 2016 Listen Download
Are Emoji a Language? Jul 26, 2016 Listen Download
Finding Life in a Dead Language Jul 12, 2016 Listen Download
Finding Life in a Dead Language Jul 12, 2016 Listen Download
Rules Are Made to Be Spoken Jun 29, 2016 Listen Download
Rules Are Made to Be Spoken Jun 29, 2016 Listen Download
The Tragedy of English Spelling Jun 14, 2016 Listen Download
The Tragedy of English Spelling Jun 14, 2016 Listen Download
Your Brain on Profanity May 31, 2016 Listen Download
Your Brain on Profanity May 31, 2016 Listen Download
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot! May 17, 2016 Listen Download
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot! May 17, 2016 Listen Download
The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black? May 3, 2016 Listen Download
The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black? May 3, 2016 Listen Download
A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish Apr 19, 2016 Listen Download
A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish Apr 19, 2016 Listen Download
Defecation Presentation Apr 4, 2016 Listen Download
Defecation Presentation Apr 4, 2016 Listen Download
Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt Mar 8, 2016 Listen Download
Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt Mar 8, 2016 Listen Download
The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump Feb 22, 2016 Listen Download
The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump Feb 22, 2016 Listen Download
A British Insult Fit for Trump Feb 8, 2016 Listen Download
A British Insult Fit for Trump Feb 8, 2016 Listen Download
They Had a Good Year Jan 27, 2016 Listen Download
They Had a Good Year Jan 27, 2016 Listen Download
The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage Jan 11, 2016 Listen Download
The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage Jan 11, 2016 Listen Download
Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms Dec 28, 2015 Listen Download
Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms Dec 28, 2015 Listen Download
Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em! Dec 14, 2015 Listen Download
Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em! Dec 14, 2015 Listen Download
Snoozefest Nov 30, 2015 Listen Download
Snoozefest Nov 30, 2015 Listen Download
Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology Nov 16, 2015 Listen Download
Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology Nov 16, 2015 Listen Download
A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia Nov 2, 2015 Listen Download
A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia Nov 2, 2015 Listen Download
A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix Oct 19, 2015 Listen Download
A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix Oct 19, 2015 Listen Download
Seven Centuries of F--ks Oct 5, 2015 Listen Download
Seven Centuries of F--ks Oct 5, 2015 Listen Download
An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing Sep 21, 2015 Listen Download
An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing Sep 21, 2015 Listen Download
How New York Became the Big Apple Sep 7, 2015 Listen Download
How New York Became the Big Apple Sep 7, 2015 Listen Download
Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos? Aug 24, 2015 Listen Download
Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos? Aug 24, 2015 Listen Download
What Do You Mean What Is It Like? Aug 10, 2015 Listen Download
What Do You Mean What Is It Like? Aug 10, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies Jul 27, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies Jul 27, 2015 Listen Download
What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld? Jul 13, 2015 Listen Download
What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld? Jul 13, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XIII | Bozo Jun 29, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XIII | Bozo Jun 29, 2015 Listen Download
The Pollyanna Hypothesis Jun 17, 2015 Listen Download
The Pollyanna Hypothesis Jun 17, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XII | Kibitz Jun 1, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XII | Kibitz Jun 1, 2015 Listen Download
M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven! May 18, 2015 Listen Download
M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven! May 18, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XI | Seersucker May 4, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile XI | Seersucker May 4, 2015 Listen Download
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Apr 20, 2015 Listen Download
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Apr 20, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel Apr 6, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel Apr 6, 2015 Listen Download
And Infinitum Mar 23, 2015 Listen Download
And Infinitum Mar 23, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile IX | Carnival Mar 9, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile IX | Carnival Mar 9, 2015 Listen Download
Sex Workers Feb 23, 2015 Listen Download
Sex Workers Feb 23, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile VIII | Quiz Feb 9, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile VIII | Quiz Feb 9, 2015 Listen Download
The Many Lives of Anna Karenina Jan 26, 2015 Listen Download
The Many Lives of Anna Karenina Jan 26, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie Jan 12, 2015 Listen Download
LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie Jan 12, 2015 Listen Download
Exposure to Vape Culture Dec 29, 2014 Listen Download
Exposure to Vape Culture Dec 29, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile VI | Grog Dec 15, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile VI | Grog Dec 15, 2014 Listen Download
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay? Dec 1, 2014 Listen Download
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay? Dec 1, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat Nov 17, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat Nov 17, 2014 Listen Download
Number Theory Nov 3, 2014 Listen Download
Number Theory Nov 3, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile IV | Snark Oct 20, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile IV | Snark Oct 20, 2014 Listen Download
Man on the Street Oct 6, 2014 Listen Download
Man on the Street Oct 6, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile III | Orange Sep 22, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile III | Orange Sep 22, 2014 Listen Download
Demonstratively Speaking Sep 8, 2014 Listen Download
Demonstratively Speaking Sep 8, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile II | Lagniappe Aug 25, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile II | Lagniappe Aug 25, 2014 Listen Download
The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro Aug 11, 2014 Listen Download
The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro Aug 11, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile I | Discombobulate Jul 28, 2014 Listen Download
LinguaFile I | Discombobulate Jul 28, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf Jul 14, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf Jul 14, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language Mar 10, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language Mar 10, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides Jan 27, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides Jan 27, 2014 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No Dec 23, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No Dec 23, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not" Dec 16, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not" Dec 16, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity Dec 9, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity Dec 9, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement Dec 4, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement Dec 4, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right Aug 5, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right Aug 5, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone Jul 15, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone Jul 15, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude Jul 1, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude Jul 1, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four Jun 24, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four Jun 24, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing Jun 17, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing Jun 17, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive Jun 10, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive Jun 10, 2013 Listen Download
Special Announcement Jun 1, 2013 Listen Download
Special Announcement Jun 1, 2013 Listen Download
Special Announcement Feb 13, 2013 Listen Download
Special Announcement Feb 13, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II Jan 28, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II Jan 28, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw Jan 14, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw Jan 14, 2013 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On Dec 31, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On Dec 31, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up Dec 17, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up Dec 17, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper Dec 3, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper Dec 3, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals Nov 12, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals Nov 12, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes Oct 29, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes Oct 29, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop Oct 15, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop Oct 15, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange Oct 1, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange Oct 1, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word Sep 17, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word Sep 17, 2012 Listen Download
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley Jul 18, 2012 Listen Download
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley Jul 18, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words Jul 9, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words Jul 9, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then Jul 2, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then Jul 2, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them Jun 18, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them Jun 18, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past Jun 11, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past Jun 11, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English Jun 4, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English Jun 4, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing May 27, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing May 27, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity May 14, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity May 14, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge May 7, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge May 7, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals Apr 30, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals Apr 30, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread Apr 23, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread Apr 23, 2012 Listen Download
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley Apr 4, 2012 Listen Download
Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley Apr 4, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble Mar 12, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble Mar 12, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String Mar 5, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String Mar 5, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O Feb 27, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O Feb 27, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost Feb 20, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost Feb 20, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots Feb 13, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots Feb 13, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty Feb 6, 2012 Listen Download
Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty Feb 6, 2012 Listen Download

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