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The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 26

Picture this

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If we get “emoticon” by joining “emote” and” icon,” where do “emojis” come from? Anne Curzan explains.

The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 27

Hats off

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Have you ever scored a hat trick? Changed at the drop of a hat? Been mad as a hatter?

The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 25

Heard on campus

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Anne Curzan traces the origins of DIY and TMI, and introduces us to the term “initialism.”

Spellbound?

How do you feel about cigaret? Wuz? Nemonia? Anne Curzan explores spelling reform — and resistance.

Word nerds

“I’m thrilled people want to talk with me about language,” says Anne Curzan of her lifelong love of words.