Five Firework Words to Light Up Your Celebrations

Five Firework Words to Light Up Your Celebrations

At celebrations throughout the year, we ooh and ahh at mesmerizing fireworks displays. But what exactly are we seeing? This short list of firework terms will help you put the wonder into words.

Five Dance Words that Lead Double Lives

Five Dance Words that Lead Double Lives

Even if you have two left feet, you’ve probably waltzed right up to someone and introduced yourself. And you definitely don’t need dance shoes to know that it takes two to tango. What’s the story with these dance words leading double lives? Read on to find out!

Hieroglyphs: Emojis of the Ancient World? Not Quite

Hieroglyphs: Emojis of the Ancient World? Not Quite

We do a lot of our communicating with pictures these days. Emojis and GIFs help us express our meaning in texts and emails, and they sometimes seem like languages of their own. Some people have wondered, then: are emojis the new hieroglyphs? To find out, we asked Georgetown professor Ruth Kramer, a specialist in Ancient Egyptian, to help us create an introduction to this ancient writing system. (Spoiler alert: hieroglyphs are way more complicated than emojis.)

Best of the Planet Word Blog 2017

Best of the Planet Word Blog 2017

Planet Word made enormous progress in 2017, from selecting an exhibit designer to finding our future home. We also launched our blog to bring you new language insights and interviews! Take a look back on our biggest hits from the past year.

New Words in the Digital Age: Q & A with Grant Barrett

New Words in the Digital Age: Q & A with Grant Barrett

Has the internet changed the way new words enter our collective vocabulary? How do dictionary makers figure out what words having staying power and which will be obsolete in a month? How does a modern dictionary function in this ever-changing language landscape? Lexicographer and radio host Grant Barrett weighs in.

Language Entrepreneurship: Q & A with Kathleen Diamond

Language Entrepreneurship: Q & A with Kathleen Diamond

Kathleen Diamond is a trailblazer in the multibillion-dollar language services industry. Here, she describes her experience as an entrepreneur in the 1980s and offers some advice to today's students and language professionals.

New Experiments on Language Learning: Q & A with Elissa Newport

New Experiments on Language Learning: Q & A with Elissa Newport

Linguists can tell us a lot about how we learn languages, but they don't have all the answers. Elissa Newport, head of Georgetown University's Learning and Development Lab, talks us through some of her lab's cutting-edge research on the topic.