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The Etymology of “Hangover”
The Etymology of “Hangover”

What George Washington and coarse French fabric have to do with the language of drunkenness.

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Words David Foster Wallace’s Mom Invented
Words David Foster Wallace’s Mom Invented

Because language is a living organism and creativity the sum total of our life experience.

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A Visual Alphabet-Dictionary of Unusual Words
A Visual Alphabet-Dictionary of Unusual Words

A visual A-Z of the hidden treasures of language.

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Thoughtful Alphabets: Edward Gorey’s Lost Cryptic 26-Word Illustrated Stories
Thoughtful Alphabets: Edward Gorey’s Lost Cryptic 26-Word Illustrated Stories

A delightfully dark journey into the love of language.

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Susan Sontag on Aphorisms and the Commodification of Wisdom
Susan Sontag on Aphorisms and the Commodification of Wisdom

“Aphoristic thinking is impatient thinking.”

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We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve
We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve

“You got an operation that enables you to take mental objects … already constructed … and make bigger mental objects out of them.”

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