Language http://www.kunc.org en From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English' http://www.kunc.org/post/lunch-n-balding-adj-some-words-are-just-bad-english Ammon Shea, author of <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/138016603/reading-the-oed-one-man-one-year-21-730-pages">Reading the OED</a>, has just come out with a new book about words — words like "dilapidated," "balding" and "lunch." Shea says those words were once frowned upon, as were more than 200 other words he has compiled.<p>His new book, <em>Bad English,</em> documents how the language has grown, embracing words and usages that various self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57343 at http://www.kunc.org From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English' What’s In A Word: Is It Fracking or Frac’ing? http://www.kunc.org/post/what-s-word-it-fracking-or-frac-ing <p>While the media, the public and now the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary all spell it “fracking,” many in the oil and gas industry don’t.</p><p>“I would spell it frac’ing,” said Scott Hall, a Denver-based petroleum engineer with decades in the industry.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:50:38 +0000 Grace Hood 57090 at http://www.kunc.org What’s In A Word: Is It Fracking or Frac’ing? Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît! http://www.kunc.org/post/cake-or-death-g-teau-sil-vous-pla-t British comedian Eddie Izzard has been thinking a lot about language (no surprise to anyone who's heard him riff on monkeys on branches, mice under tables, and cats on chairs).<p>And he's had a crazy idea: training himself in new languages — German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic — so when he's on the road, he can perform in his audience's native tongue. Though that won't be a challenge when he hits the road in America this week.<p>Izzard tells NPR's David Greene that he was 7 years old when he first knew he wanted to go onstage. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:37:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55903 at http://www.kunc.org Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît! Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins http://www.kunc.org/post/chili-say-what-linguistics-help-pinpoint-peppers-origins Count us among those who just can't get enough chili pepper news.<p>These spicy fruits are beloved around the world for their ability to sex up nearly any cuisine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:00 +0000 55510 at http://www.kunc.org Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide http://www.kunc.org/post/what-simpsons-says-about-ukraines-language-divide Misha Kostin, a 21-year-old construction engineer in eastern Ukraine, loves <em>The Simpsons</em>. He's loved it for 10 years. He says the animated series "illustrates everyday life problems in humorous ways, and offers a useful moral at the end of each episode."<p>And though Kostin and most of the people in eastern Ukraine are native Russian speakers, he prefers to download episodes dubbed not in Russian but in his second language, Ukrainian. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 55077 at http://www.kunc.org What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide