Recently, many Indonesians have been bombarded with stories about the “pelakor”, a term popularly used to refer to a woman who is perceived as responsible for ruining a couple’s marriage).
Ursula le Guin gave us an anarchist society on another world; we brought it back to Earth.
For South Korea, hosting the Winter Olympics is a great opportunity to engage the world with Korean language and culture.
Does the heart really have cockles or heartstrings? An anatomist clears up some misconceptions...and lends credence to others.
The shithole countries comment was a landmark moment. This US president has given up even trying to hide his prejudice.
A loving relationship may be a unique mix of different 'flavours' of love.
Every few years there’s a furphy that our beloved 'Strine' slang is doing a Harold Holt – but in fact Aussies are still slinging true-blue slang.
How you use the word 'shithole' depends on your gender, which paints Trump's latest misstep as yet another case of toxic masculinity.
It has long been known that colour and emotion are linked – so could colour could be used as a language to express how we feel?
Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
The world is becoming increasingly connected, but local accents still define who we are.
Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa struggle with a historical sense of inferiority that reinforces their whiteness.
Child sexual abuse is rising but there is still ignorance around how to speak to and support children who are badly in need of help.
The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. Three are named for planets, the other four gods.
The best cracker jokes make us groan as much as laugh – and that's deliberate.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
Do you wince at a mispronounced 'Moet'? Do you cringe at unintentional portmanteau words, like 'misunderestimated' or 'insinuendo'? You are not alone.
The Mississippi is characterised in America as male, while the Indians see the Ganges as female.
Between them, Kazakhstan's 18m people speak 117 languages but the country is opting for the Latin alphabet as it aims for wider global integration.
Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.