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Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet
Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet

What the anatomy of your tongue has to do with ship flags and the evolution of human communication.

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A Brief History of the Pun
A Brief History of the Pun

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Words on Words: Five Timelessly Stimulating Books About Language
Words on Words: Five Timelessly Stimulating Books About Language

What single Chinese men have to do with evolution and insults from Virginia Woolf.

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The Vowels: A Ken Burns Parody
The Vowels: A Ken Burns Parody

What the secret quasi-history of vowels has to do with the Founding Fathers’ prankstership.

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The Word Project: Obscure Words in Bricolage
The Word Project: Obscure Words in Bricolage

What avian resemblance has to do with the study of soil and the irresistible urge to dance.

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All in a Word: A Compendium of Linguistic Curiosities
All in a Word: A Compendium of Linguistic Curiosities

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