Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon?

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet? » 4/14/14 10:27am Monday 10:27am

What Do Animals Sound Like In Different Languages?

It's reasonable to assume that American dogs can communicate perfectly well with Japanese dogs, but try using "bark bark" to describe the sound that dogs make to a Japanese person, who would say "wan wan," and you might have trouble. That's because different languages represent the sounds of animals in different ways, even … » 3/21/14 10:39am 3/21/14 10:39am

In Defense of Talking Funny

Not everyone in the United States speaks the same English, as a recent American Dialect quiz made very clear. In an essay originally published on her blog, Harmless Drudgery, lexicographer and Merriam-Webster editor Kory Stamper explains why that's a good thing. » 3/12/14 9:15am 3/12/14 9:15am