language

Which Came First — Hummer the Truck, or Hummer the Sex Act?

An army veteran, an etymologist and a sex historian weigh in on this, uh, humdinger

The Word ‘Hero’ Has Lost All Meaning

When essential workers are risking death, they need more than idle praise

Why Are Tube Sites Suddenly Filled With… Porm?

To some, ‘porm’ is an innocent typo wrought by clumsy sausage fingers on a sticky keyboard. To others, it’s all part of the (horny) plan.

How Did X Become the Edgiest Letter?

From holiest hallmark to horniest sex symbol — the X-treme, X-haustive story of how the wild child of the alphabet lost its way