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Yes, Trump Really Is Saying ‘Big League,’ Not ‘Bigly,’ Linguists Say

An unusual turn of phrase, combined with Donald Trump’s unique pronunciation of it, has confused, and amused, listeners.
Ah, Finally, Ancient Clay Tablets for Dessert

Ah, Finally, Ancient Clay Tablets for Dessert

These gingerbread cuneiform cookies were baked by Katy Blanchard of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, who started an archaeo-culinary craze online.
Alghero Journal: Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive

Alghero Journal: Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive

A street in Alghero, a port city in Sardinia. The traditional insularity of Alghero has helped to preserve Catalan, but the language is fading even here.
What in the World: Which Language Uses the Most Sounds? Click 5 Times for the Answer

What in the World: Which Language Uses the Most Sounds? Click 5 Times for the Answer

Speakers of Khoisan languages, like the San people in Namibia, use click consonants, packing a lot of information into brief words.
Chinese Prosecutors Ask Court for More Time in Detained Tibetan’s Case

Chinese Prosecutors Ask Court for More Time in Detained Tibetan’s Case

Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan entrepreneur and language education advocate, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of inciting separatism, which he has denied.
All in the Wording: Job Listings That Are Too ‘Feminine’ for Men

All in the Wording: Job Listings That Are Too ‘Feminine’ for Men

Hemant Singh, a staff nurse at the Queens Cancer Center, testing a patient’s blood pressure. Some men resist taking health care jobs that are predominantly occupied by women.

A Bilingual Cameroon Teeters After English Speakers Protest Treatment

Demonstrations against the government, which is dominated by French speakers, have led to arrests and at times to violence.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Swearing, Italian Style

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Swearing, Italian Style

Beppe Grillo, leader of Five-Star Movement, speaking at a rally on the Italian constitutional referendum in Turin, Italy, in December.
Indian State Says It’ll Require Study of Sanskrit, Raising Eyebrows

Indian State Says It’ll Require Study of Sanskrit, Raising Eyebrows

A classroom in the village of Dadara in Assam State. Sanskrit will become mandatory for students in the upper grades of all public high schools in the state.
State of the Art: Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera

State of the Art: Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera

The rising dependence on cameras is changing the way we communicate.