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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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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.

    You're Gonna Hafta

    You're Gonna Hafta

    Deconstructing a single line of dialogue from Netflix's "The Crown."
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    • 46 min
    The Languages of Southeast Asia

    The Languages of Southeast Asia

    Why are so many of the languages of Southeast Asia "like Chinese"?
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    • 40 min
    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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    • 41 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

dswunsch ,

Pet peeves

John you hit on one of my pet peeves with “irreguardless” and then offered up several other examples of double negatives that don’t typically raise my ire - exposing my own hypocrisy. Thank you, that was entertaining and educational!

Isaiah Bryant ,

Awesome!

Awesome podcast. John McWorther is a knowledgeable person and so funny that it makes me laugh on what he says. He gives me the information I don’t forget.

brainslikepickles ,

Love this show

Just about the last intelligent thing left on Slate.

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