You've probably heard that English is being ruined — by the Internet, by texting, by Americans, by young people who have no respect for proper grammar. But it turns out that people have always worried over English, and over the centuries, have accused all sorts of things of "ruining" the language.
Using geocoded Twitter data, a linguist has put together heat maps of how and where we refer to the American man (and, not so infrequently, the American woman). I'm proud to live in a "pal" enclave.
Are you a boy whose name ends in "n"? Congratulations, you are contributing to one of the weirdest naming trends in American history.
Bye bye, vocal fry. All the cool kids in 2013 are ending their sentences with invisible question marks.