language

Capitalism Is a Cult, and You’re Already a Lifetime Member

Similar to the language of scams and gaslighting, cultish language purposely obscures and confuses both followers and nonbelievers.

The X Factor: One Letter, Multiple Identities, and a Complex Future

How the gender-neutral “x” became a contemporary paradox. Read more »

Subject to Change: The Pronoun Discourse Has Always Been Versatile

The singular “they” is an important survival tool for those of us who struggle to fit into the world as it currently is. Read more »

Ghost in My Mouth: A Modern Diaspora’s Endangered Language

Konkani has nearly 13 million speakers and a growing diaspora continuing the tradition of migrant language. Read more »

Bad Mouths: The Long History of Sanitizing Women’s Language

Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women. Read more »