Lexicographer John McWhorter Uses Words To Explain Words

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Published on February 28, 2018

‘Lexicon Valley’ host John McWhorter shares his expertise on something we use every day: words.

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19 comments

  • jay m 7 months ago

    first

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  • Paul Berevoescu 7 months ago

    FINALLY A GUEST WITH SOMETHING WORTH HEARING ABOUT

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  • Hylian Ticipated 7 months ago

    This guy is a black Sheldon.

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  • Chloe Riley 7 months ago

    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.

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  • Existentialist Dasein 7 months ago

    Finally … an educational interview. More interviews with people like professor McWhorter, please!

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  • Patricia MacLeod 7 months ago

    Orange Trump personifies the “ignorance breeds confidence more than knowledge” quote from Galton.

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  • James Hutchings 7 months ago

    This is the irony of prescriptive language: the ‘authorities’ know that they’re not authorities.

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  • TheMamarurucoco 7 months ago

    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!

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  • budd sumner 7 months ago

    Nervoussystemtwittwatqunt

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  • Fawn Frauscht 7 months ago

    I wish he had more time :/. Going to tune in on his broadcasts ahaha.

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  • Christopher Snow 7 months ago

    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.

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  • A Dog's Life in Portland 7 months ago

    What he said: Donald on Twitter is your racist drunk uncle.

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  • Achillea 7 months ago

    This guy is the reason why I enjoy linguistics.

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  • Alvin Yao 7 months ago

    this is a hilarious interview

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  • baddmanaz 7 months ago

    1:07 Two out of three people are using the language WRONGLY, not wrong.

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  • Nico Watts 7 months ago

    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:):):)

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  • David Robles 7 months ago

    BRING HIM BACK SOON.

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  • Aniabas 7 months ago

    He should start a twitter account that high brow insults trump.

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  • Meganesia Shan 7 months ago

    What a delightful treat, you should invite the professor more often.

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