Zugzwang in the New Year

You can’t win—should you even try?

Are You Smarter Than My Cat?

The Disappearing Accent

For a while, youngsters stop noticing differences between dialects

A Modest Proposal and a Goodbye

On improving science coverage, and finding the good stuff already out there

Baby Got Rhythm?

Keep the beat and improve your language skills

Solidarity in Confusion

What we convey when we converse

Wounded By Books

Brits of an earlier age read at their own risk

English vs. English

On the concrete and the abstract, the Germanic and the Latinate

Reading Humans

One way dogs really are better than cats

Perfect Memory (Webcomic #9)

On remembering and misremembering

Magic Fingers

Do baby sign language courses really work?

What Makes Hemingway Hemingway?

On the psychology of artistic style

On Expecting Things to Fall Apart

We understand entropy surprisingly early in life

Limericks That Leave You Hanging

When we expect to hear a rhyme and don’t

Tuesdays with Siri

How to Talk Shakespeare

Headless Bear Walks Up to Woman; Awesomeness Ensues

The search for the perfect title

When Nouns Verb Oddly

Verb meanings are slipperier than noun meanings

Are Our Screams, Sighs, and Giggles Universal?

Two studies suggest yes and no

Don’t Mock the Monocle (A Webcomic)

On our unspoken preferences for ordering adjectives


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