language

‘Asshole’ Is Officially Passé: Let’s Bring Back These Old-Timey Insults Instead

In recent decades, humans have largely resorted to four-letter words to slander one another, which is too bad when you consider the much more thoughtful…

Why Is Everyone Suddenly Saying ‘Y’All’?

Adrian has started hearing it from white folks in Denver, and he’s always taken aback when he learns they aren’t from the South. David used to…

Sorry, ‘Buddy,’ You’re Not My ‘Friend’: When It Comes to Male Friendship, We’ve Got a Different Term for Everything

Last December, in a retrospective of her 2017 sex adventures, Broadly writer Maria Yagoda noted that along with buying some bitcoin, she stopped dating men…

I’m a Jeff, and I’m Here to Take a Stand Against Geoffs

Is there a stupider name than “Geoff”? You’d be hard-pressed to find one. Its spelling is patently ridiculous; its phonics a middle-school bully’s wet dream…