Words

hackers

We Need to Change the Dictionary Definition of 'Hacker'

Most dictionaries, as well as popular culture, mistakenly define “hacker” with a malicious connotation. It’s time to change that.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.28.18
Star Talk

We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About the Human Future in Space

If humans want to expand beyond Earth in an optimal way, we’ll need novel language to keep pace with novel technologies.
Frank White
6.25.18
Words

Cryptocurrencies Aren't 'Crypto'

As the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum skyrocket, and more and more people who are unfamiliar with technology join in the craze, words start to lose their original and correct meaning.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.28.17
Culture

Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year Is the 'Tears of Joy' Emoji

I'm not laughing.
Victoria Turk
11.17.15
Features

The Failed Attempt to Rebrand the Word 'Hacker'

That word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.
J.M. Porup
7.1.15
Food

The Man Who Tastes Sounds

Things get difficult when you're a synaesthete and the name of a friend's wife tastes like sick.
Kate Samuelson
4.29.15
SmartPhones

This App Translates Your Photos Into Stories

If Instagram were to translate your pictures into words, what might they say? This app will tell you.
Brian Merchant
4.13.15
politics

Obama's State of the Union Pronouns Are Both Banal and Irrelevant

If the worst thing you can say about Obama is that he says “I” a lot, why bother even being a pundit?
Ben Richmond
1.20.15
2014

The Word of 2014 Is a Heart Emoji

Trust me, it was the best option.
Ben Richmond
12.4.14
Documentary

Why ISIS Isn't 'ISIS' or 'Islamic State'

Why it might be a good idea to call the militant group by it its Arabic acronym, which they really, really don't like.
ALEX PASTERNACK
11.12.14
Culture

The Weird-Ass Use of 'Ass' to Beef Up Our Adjectives

Is someone working on “beef up” as a thing?
Ben Richmond
11.8.14
politics

Here's Exactly How Much Influence Lobbyists Have on Politicians

A study on Big Tobacco and the EU shows just how effective lobbying actually is.
Victoria Turk
8.15.14
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