Talk the Talk returns in a big way for this Australia / Survival Day 2016.

Linguist Daniel Midgley and smart people Ben Ainslie and Kylie Sturgess bring you three hours of language, interviews, and music on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

What fact did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?

Online Etymological Dictionary: barrel

Online Etymological Dictionary: barrow

How “Black English” Coarsens Culture

Postcolonial Grammar Snobs… God’s Biggest Creation Mistake Since Lucifer

Alexis Dubus – A Bl**dy Brief History Of Swearing – Fringe World

Alexis Dubus: Gigs

Japan to drop the swastika from its tourist maps

Percentage of native English speakers, by country


New Chrome App Helps Women Stop Saying “Just” and “Sorry” in Emails

Simon Horobin: Why do we say ‘sorry’ so much?

The American Dialect Society has spoken: These are the words that defined 2015

2015 Word of the Year is singular “they”

The Year in Words 2015: One Pronoun to Rule Them All?

NPR: Everyone Uses Singular ‘They,’ Whether They Realize It Or Not

Many authors have used it.

Especially Austen

“In APA Style, whether it’s appropriate to use singular they depends on the context.”

List of gender-neutral pronouns

Dennis Baron – The Words that Failed: A chronology of early nonbinary pronouns

Donald Trump’s ‘schlonged’: A linguistic investigation

Schlonged? Donald Trump’s Pathetic Frat-Boy Politics

Netflix and Chill with… Ted Cruz?

Bill Maher: Microaggressions

Merriam-Webster announces its word of the year: ism


British MPs debate Trump ban, label him ‘crazy,’ a ‘buffoon,’ a ‘wazzock’

British lawmakers debate banning Donald Trump from UK for ‘hate speech’

Show tunes

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