linguistics

Dude, Where Does the ‘Surfer Voice’ Actually Come From?

In 2002, a young man named Micah Peasley stood in front of a local TV news camera and delivered perhaps the greatest ode to riding…

Dude. Bro. Chief. Bud. Where Do All These Guy Nicknames Come From?

My Little League coaches didn’t know what to do with me, a slightly effeminate boy completely unenthusiastic about balls hurled at my face. (Today, nothing…

What It Really Means When You’re ‘Fucked’

The redacted Mueller Report is out, and already one excerpt has rocketed to prominence as a quote for the ages: When Trump learned of Mueller’s…

Settling the Gender Dispute Over Sicily’s Favorite Snack

When it comes to food, I am a man of simple tastes: pretty much any salty carb will satisfy, especially if there’s some melty cheese…