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Ben Macaulay

  • Life

When there's no one left to talk to: A guide to endangered languages

When there's no one left to talk to: A guide to endangered languages

From Auslan to Yagán, a linguist discusses dying languages and the different circumstances that put them at risk.

  • Neu Dictionary

The Judgement
of Pairs

The Judgement
of Pairs

At a loss for words? The Neu Dictionary is here to define your favorite unclassified minutia. This week we're talking about threesomes, with acute specificity.

  • Neu Dictionary

Falter ego

Falter ego

At a loss for words? The Neu Dictionary is here to define your favorite unclassified minutia. This week we're talking about our encounters with unpleasant doppelgangers, with acute specificity.

  • Neu Dictionary

Takeout ennui

Takeout ennui

At a loss for words? Introducing the Neu Dictionary, here to define your favorite unclassified minutia. This week we're talking about takeout food decisions, with acute specificity.

  • City

Innocent misperception: the linguistics of Starbucks name fails

Innocent misperception: the linguistics of Starbucks name fails

Are #StarbucksFail errors innocent? In order to test this, we can see if the changes between the target and error names look like common sound changes in the world’s languages.

  • Neu Dictionary

Delusions
of traindeur

Delusions
of traindeur

At a loss for words? Introducing the Neu Dictionary, here to define your favorite unclassified minutia. This week we're talking about transportation, with acute specificity.