Lexicon Valley

Lexicon Valley

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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter. The -o suffix traces back to old comic strip characters with names like Knocko and Groucho. Neato! Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Recent Episodes

  • Sicko, Whacko, Weirdo

    7 days ago
  • Chinese Has No Grammar, Right? Wrong!

    3 weeks ago
  • From Uptalk to Vocal Fry, Women Are Prolific Language Innovators

    1 month ago
  • In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?

    2 months ago
  • Digging Up the Past

    2 months ago
  • Verbs on the Move

    3 months ago
  • Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?

    3 months ago
  • A Bisl Yiddish

    3 months ago
  • Private Parts

    4 months ago
  • The Soft Power of Like

    4 months ago