linguistics http://nhpr.org en Giving Old Words New Life http://nhpr.org/post/giving-old-words-new-life <p>Language evolves. Try reading Chaucer or Shakespeare, or even watching an early 20<sup>th</sup>-century movie and listen for the words or expressions<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/funny-old-words_n_1676253.html"> that have grown obsolete </a>and others that take on new meanings or popularity. You may not refer to a bar-fight as a ‘brannigan,’ for example, but you might say, “‘hang out’ with a friend” …that last phrase was invented way back in the eighteen forties. Linguist and author <strong>Arika Okrent </strong>compiled a <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/247445/16-words-that-are-much-older-than-they-seem">list of words that are much older than they sound </a>for “The Week,” and she told us a little more about them.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:10:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33009 at http://nhpr.org Giving Old Words New Life The Media's Most Overused Phrases http://nhpr.org/post/medias-most-overused-phrases <p>Breaking news! Experts say there’s a lot wrong with new media journalism. According to the Daily Beast’s <strong>Michael Moynihan</strong>, the <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/01/exclusive-the-words-that-journalists-overuse.html" target="_blank">real crime</a> being committed by online journalists is overused, over-hyped language. He joins us to share his linguistic pet-peeves. Some critics say it's one of the most unbiased and nonpartisan exclusives <em>Word of Mouth </em>has ever featured.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:40:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21300 at http://nhpr.org