John McWhorter
Professor, Columbia University

John McWhorter is a professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University. His latest book is The Language Hoax (2014). 

Written by John McWhorter

This is not a toilet. Kevin Walsh/Getty

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Language and linguistics
Euphemise this

Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire?

John McWhorter

Death and the word; William conquers Harold and the English language. From Cotton Vitellius A XIII(1) f3v. Photo courtesy British Library

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Language and linguistics
English is not normal

No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language

John McWhorter

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