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Choosing the 2023 Word of the Year: Q&A with Ben Zimmer and Kelly Wright

Since 1990, the American Dialect Society has annually unveiled a Word of the Year — a newly prominent word that reflects significant events, societal shifts, and prevailing themes over the…

From the Founder: Losing Iowa

I’m from Iowa originally, and being a smallish, quiet state, there was never much to brag about — no professional sports teams, no especially big cities, no astounding geological spectacles…

Barbiecore and the Language of Aesthetics

It’s a Barbie world, and we’re just living in it. With the release of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie has come a resurgence in popularity for highly feminine aesthetics and all…