Trans is an adjective

I really feel like the title of this post is sufficient to make the point of this post, but since this is an issue that comes up routinely, people clearly need to have a little sit down. So pull up an armchair and let’s talk about how ‘trans’ relates to various parts of speech. And if […]

Teens are changing language and you’re just going to have to deal

Kids these days, getting all over English’s lawn, just like…generations of teens before them. English is a constantly and fascinatingly evolving language, but somehow older generations seem continually surprised by this, even though they themselves participated in pushing English in new directions in their younger years. As a consequence, we get to hear a great […]

The Problem of Idioms

Not too many months ago, I was talking with a relatively new friend, who also happens to be a linguist, about idioms. I happen to be absolutely terrible with idioms. They’re one aspect of English that I’ve never quite mastered, despite speaking and working in English for decades — sometimes I feel like I missed […]

Specificity

One of the things that fascinates me about social justice movements is the rapidity with which language evolves. This can sometimes become a pitfall, as people are penalised for not knowing the latest language and not using the most current terms, but it’s also amazing evidence of how communities craft and shape new terms for […]