Lexicon Valley

Zombie English

From vocabulary to grammar, long-dead elements of the language still haunt our everyday speech.

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About the Show

If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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As language evolves, words and meanings—and even parts of our grammar—become obsolete or die out completely. Or so we thought. Undead elements of English lurch zombielike throughout our everyday speech.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.