A linguist explores the origin of the word ‘father’ – and why derivatives are common in languages across the globe.
The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
Many of the coinages fail to differentiate the mundane from the momentous. Has the suffix’s overuse rendered it essentially meaningless?
Poetry can unite people when all seems lost. The Conversation US has pulled together four articles from its archives that speak on the power of poetry.
Is there a connection between sound and meaning?
Whether you want to win with as few guesses as possible, or you just want to figure out the right word before running out of turns, a scholar offers some tips.
An American university has banned the expression ‘no worries’. Here are some other words and phrases that confuse speakers of different versions of English.
From ‘turkey trot’ to ‘going cold turkey,’ the centerpiece to many Thanksgiving dinners has lent its name to many things. But it also borrowed its name from elsewhere.
National Cliche Day is Nov. 3. So what makes a cliche a cliche? And why do we find ourselves rolling our eyes when we hear certain ones?
A scholar of spelling bees explains why Zaila Avant-garde’s victory at the National Scripps Spelling Bee is significant from a historical perspective.
People often decry words and call for action after tragic events. But words are action and they’re fundamental to Canadian democracy.
Recent research on Danish shows that not only is it hard for Danish children to learn their mother tongue, but adult Danes use their native language differently than speakers of other languages.
As the effects of the pandemic intensify, so does the importance of the choice of language.
A young reader asks: How are languages formed?
Dogs’ barks say a lot about how they’re feeling.
Because of context and history, some words and phrases carry a heavy burden with them. Their mere mention can bring back painful memories and problematic situations.
Academic words are useful at school and university – but they can be tricky to learn.
Using machine learning to study over 85 million YouTube comments, a research team has, for the first time, identified linguistic differences among cable news viewers.
Updates to the Oxford English Dictionary provide a fascinating glimpse into how language changes in the face of rapid and unprecedented social and economic disruption.
One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ in the world’s languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.