You have questions, and we have answers.

But in the process we find out more about how English works, and how it got to be the way it is.

Daniel and Ben empty out the mailbag on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

This map shows the weird names Americans have given the night before Halloween

What do you call the night before Halloween?

Gate night: Kids used to unhinge farmers’ gates

Goosey Night

Dialect Blog: Halloween!

RationalWiki: Jesusween

The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language

Characterizing the Google Books Corpus: Strong Limits to Inferences of Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Evolution

When OCR Goes Bad: Google’s Ngram Viewer & The F-Word

Syntax in Cambridge History of the English Language

Etymology: mucho

Etymology: much

Etymology: good

Etymology: god

15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Aren’t

Arika Okrent announced as winner of LSA Linguistics Journalism Award

New guidelines aimed at reducing gender stereotyping in schools

This is where the expression ‘throw shade’ comes from

Urban Dictionary: throw shade

Go Ahead and Throw All the Shade You Want, Straight People

How to Throw Shade

Grant Barrett: throw shade

Norwegians Are Literally Using ‘Texas’ As Slang for ‘Crazy’ Now

How ‘Texas’ became Norwegian for ‘crazy’

Norwegians use “Texas” as a synonym for “crazy”

Why do Norwegians use ‘texas’ to mean ‘crazy’?

Vegard Vigerust: “The Boy Who Wanted to Buy Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation”
“Would he make it even more texas in the village?”.
“Ville han laga enda meir texas i bygda?”

Etymonline: Ass

Etymonline: Arse

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