We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Why is the PM constantly repeating this phrase and what impact is it really having on her campaign?
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
Cult TV show Gogglebox is more than light entertainment: it shows the diverse reality of Australian English, going beyond stereotypes about what Australians sound like.
When they start life, clichés are fetching and memorable phrases. But overuse has sucked them of vitality – and now they walk among the living dead.
This Masters degree sets a precedent in South Africa and gives universities that want to be truly inclusive a lot to think about.
The @RoguePOTUSStaff account claims to be a genuine inside source of West Wing dirt, and hundreds of thousands of people seem to trust it.
One of the ways by which Africa can overcome problems of underdevelopment is by using its abundant linguistic and cultural resources.
There are a range of linguistic strategies to build rapport with customers, but using their name is always the fall-back – with detrimental results.
While few people use the language today, many cherish its history.
The belief in the linguistic superiority of the 'native speaker' is often based on assumptions of ethnicity.
While a lot of slang words come and go ('good riddance', 'amazeballs'), others endure. And exactly why that happens is something of a mystery.
New research investigates how people sequentially add new color terms to languages over time – and the results hold surprises about assumptions linguists have made for 40 years.
A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
Our communications revolution is changing the way we write and speak, and 'Slanglish' has never had it so good.
With the taboo on swearing loosening over the past few decades, will profanity lose its effectiveness in spoken language?
How did K come to be used more often in brand names than would be expected by chance?
The use of adjectives in English has caused an internet storm – here are the 'rules' explained.
When botany and linguistics collide: pumpkins are fruits and there's technically no such thing as a vegetable. But try telling that to a five-year-old and see how far you get.