TikTok Language Rabbit Hole
TikTok and Reddit are great places to observe the evolution of language.
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On today’s episode of Spectacular Vernacular, Nicole Holliday shows Ben Zimmer a TikTok video that does some fascinating things with language. They also interview Norma Mendoza-Denton, professor of anthropology at UCLA, about her recently published article “‘Sticking It to the Man’: r/wallstreetbets, Generational Masculinity and Revenge in Narratives of our Dystopian Capitalist Age.” And finally, a listener joins us for some wordplay that will put your geography skills to the test. We hope you’re ready! You could win a year’s membership to Slate Plus.