"False friends" appear or sound like words in their own language, but have different meanings in others. They give us insight into how language changes.
Two years ago, this column sprang into life by enthusiastically wading into the absurdly long-running debate about some ...
What do peoples' accents really reveal about them? The villainous British accent crystallizes the love-hate special relationship between the US and the UK.
Why English speakers love "hygge" and other "untranslatable" words about emotional states.
Fragrant. Sweet. Tangy. Certain synesthetic adjectives actually trigger cognitive simulations of eating.
Is it true that "nasty" is more likely to be applied to describe women than men?
Reduplication is a widespread linguistic process in which a part or an exact copy of a word is repeated, often for morphological or syntactic reasons (but not always).