‘Lexicon Valley’ host John McWhorter shares his expertise on something we use every day: words.
FINALLY A GUEST WITH SOMETHING WORTH HEARING ABOUT
This guy is a black Sheldon.
At first I thought, “I’m kind of bummed there’s no musical guest,” but by the end I was thinking, “we need a linguistics guest more often.” This was awesome.
Finally … an educational interview. More interviews with people like professor McWhorter, please!
Orange Trump personifies the “ignorance breeds confidence more than knowledge” quote from Galton.
This is the irony of prescriptive language: the ‘authorities’ know that they’re not authorities.
So does this means the old Colbert is back? I was entertained, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Bring back all your academics pals, please!
I wish he had more time :/. Going to tune in on his broadcasts ahaha.
The treadmill happens in the same way with racial slurs especially with black folk. If you say a word in a certain way, doesn’t matter the word but rather the intent of the user they can make African-American into a slur by putting stink on it or doing air quotes around it. It renders the whole debate over the “N-word” pointless because any word can be turned into a racial slur no matter which you choose.
Something George Carlin said about 25 years ago, the words in and of themselves are innocent, it’s the context, it’s the intent, it’s the user which makes them good or bad. The longer I live the more the truth of his point becomes clear.
What he said: Donald on Twitter is your racist drunk uncle.
This guy is the reason why I enjoy linguistics.
this is a hilarious interview
1:07 Two out of three people are using the language WRONGLY, not wrong.
Jesus Christ ..that was the harshest burn without swearing I’ve heard for a long while…the French good at burning ..super creative..but that was amazing:):):)
BRING HIM BACK SOON.
He should start a twitter account that high brow insults trump.
What a delightful treat, you should invite the professor more often.
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