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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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    • 4.7 • 209 Ratings

Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

    Irregardless Make You Cringe? Relax.

    Irregardless Make You Cringe? Relax.

    English is full of redundancies—so why are we bothered by only a select few?
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    Nine Nasty Words

    Nine Nasty Words

    John McWhorter teases his new book about off-color English expressions, starting with c!#k.
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    • 40 min
    The Invisible Complexities of Translation

    The Invisible Complexities of Translation

    A single word—take "self," for example—reveals the thorny nature of literary translation.
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    • 46 min
    English Is Plain Weird

    English Is Plain Weird

    Don't be fooled into thinking that English is a typical language. It's not.
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    • 44 min
    Subject-Verb-Object. Right?

    Subject-Verb-Object. Right?

    For many languages, the idea that the subject belongs up front is plain backwards.
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    • 43 min
    Parting Company

    Parting Company

    How did a word meaning "with bread" come to sprout its corporate connotation?
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

mr chapter ,

Fun Podcast

Thanks John! The podcast gives me the laughs and giggles

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linguist❣️

This is a great podcast, very interesting and accessible for those listeners who may not have a background in linguistics. As someone who studied linguistics, I really enjoy the presentation.

The music clips are often random and arbitrary (and annoying), and his French could use some work, but otherwise... great job!

MispronunciationNation ,

John McWharter is totally electric.

Hands down one of my favorite podcasts. Informative. Entertaining. Exceedingly charismatic host with a sincere passion for his subject.

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