Water fountain or bubbler? Lightning bug or firefly? Pop or soda? Take the linguistics test

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A cool series of dialect maps of the US, and even small towns, tracking how we say the same thing differently.

Is “twink” the new n-word?

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And can you really be oppressed if you’ve never been oppressed?

Weekend thoughts on using effective language

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Metaphors matter. Losing your home is not like losing your keys. People don’t “lose” homes.
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