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  1. love and war
    Justin Bieber Apologizes to Fans With Many, Many WordsThe singer says he is taking this time to be “sustainable.”
  2. linguistics
    Why So Many Words Are Really ‘Obsolete Expressions’It’ll really spur your thinking.
  3. Languages Around the World Use the Same Sounds for the Same ThingsIf you’re talking about sand, you’re likely going to use an “s.”
  4. People With High ‘Emotional Granularity’ Are Better at Being SadAnd why “righteous indignation” is healthier than “anger.”
  5. year in review
    10 Expressions to Retire in 2016Sorry, you’re going to have to find a new way to talk about your m*n-b*n.
  6. nothing matters
    Futile Language Group Wants to Ban ‘Bae,’ ‘Swag,’ and ‘Foodie’The Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and Uselessness puts forward its 40th annual List of Words to be Banished. 
  7. the lexicon of modern love
    The Long Linguistic Life of It’s ComplicatedIt’s been complicated for more than a century.
  8. department of lingustics
    Should We Ban the Word Feminist in 2015? Would you prefer misandrist?
  9. words
    ‘Baby Bump’ Sounds Like Something Out of a Horror MovieThe case against this terrifying terminology.
  10. the c word
    Welcome to the Dictionary, C-nty! Oh cunty day!
  11. words
    Kelly Clarkson, You Probably Are a FeministClarkson announces feminist is “too strong” of a descriptor for her.
  12. etymology
    Ratchet: The Rap Insult That Became a ComplimentDissecting a word that’s risen from the working-class South to the Twitter feeds of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and plenty of gay men, too.
  13. taxonomy
    How Old Is Too Old for ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Girlfriend’?Plus, a bunch of alternatives.