The Word on the Street
Words and language inspire us! Read the latest news and updates from Planet Word. Learn how the language we hear all around us is shaping our lives right now and how exciting innovations in applied linguistics—from technology to medicine to psychology to forensics—are changing our world every day.
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.)
A message for the new year from founder Ann Friedman.
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.
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.