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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.

Finding words

While Anne Curzan is on hiatus, MT “resurfaces” an oldie-but-goodie from the late Richard Bailey.

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.”

Under the radar

How shall we handle the subtle and undetected changes in English? Anne Curzan knows.

Word nerds

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

The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 21

Silent consonants

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Why is there a “g” in “gnat” and a “k” in knife? And what the heck does “hnecca” mean? Anne Curzan knows.