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Other languages have polite second-person pronouns. English used to have one, too.

Two people aiming flashlight at each other at night on the street.
Two people aiming flashlight at each other at night on the street.
Photo: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images


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Why we should take a red pen to ‘The Elements of Style’ and other writing guides

Dimly lit desk with an open notebook with pencil illuminated by a lamp.
Dimly lit desk with an open notebook with pencil illuminated by a lamp.
Photo: Grimvr/Flickr


This isn’t the first time English speakers have turned a common name into an epithet

Hand holding a coffee cup with a first name scribbled on it
Hand holding a coffee cup with a first name scribbled on it
(Alex Moiseev / Unsplash)


The original ancestor of words like ‘ageism’ and ‘heightism’ is not what you might think

(Markus Spiske / flickr)


Why codebreaking skills are essential for mastering a language — including your mother tongue

A hand holding a pen and a line of Georgian text with one word missing.
A hand holding a pen and a line of Georgian text with one word missing.
(Hunter Peddicord / flickr)


Cringe’s long journey to becoming an adjective — and a postmodern zeitgeist

Giles Watson / flickr


How great writers hide grammatical transgressions in plain sight

‘Bad’ grammar (Joanbanjo / Wikimedia Commons)


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Language’s sordid history with words that contradict themselves

Busà Photography / Getty Images


Americans’ favourite nickname for their mothers has little-known origins in the antebellum period

“African American woman holding a white child”, c. 1855 (Library of Congress / Public Domain)


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A linguist explains how our “conversational style” changes the way we interact

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Clare C.H.

M.A. in English Linguistics and Literature. clarech.carrd.co

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