Addressing The Elephant In The Room: Everyday Idioms In Fantasy Worlds

Because sometimes you accidentally stumble down the rabbit hole and start questioning the use of idioms in fantasy worlds.

Speak or Swim: IN OTHER WORDS and the Trials of Learning a Language

"Children of immigrants, like Lahiri, experience shame for being other, their mother tongue ostracized rather than celebrated."

Quiz: What Weird Word from the English Language Are You?

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense." Take this quiz to find out what weird word from the English language is your match.

WORD WEALTH: My Best Friend and Nemesis

WORD WEALTH: the high school textbook that changed my relationship to writing and reading.

Books To Read If You Loved ARRIVAL

Books for science fiction fans that just want to chat with a heptapod

Language Is So Queer

One trans reader on picking up a book about trans lives and written by trans authors, but full of outdated language.

Misconceptions About American Food I Had From Books

On the misconceptions one Australian had about American food thanks to books.

Letter by Letter, Word by Word: An Interview with David J. Peterson

When building a fictional world, creating a language can make or break it for anyone entering that world. Shows like ...

With Friends Like These, Who Needs (the word) Frenemies?

Six months late (as usual), I’ve finally worked through my TBR list far enough to get to Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant ...

Let’s Stop Saying “Just Happens to be Gay”

Late last week, YA author Robin Talley lead an impromptu Twitter discussion kicked off by this tweet: Today may be ...

Risky Similes and Writing Style: They Can Make or Break It

I’ve pointed out the value of beautiful language before, but now it’s time to get specific. Just to make sure we ...

Is There A Name For That? Grammar Fun With -Nyms

How often have you thought about some language phenomenon and wondered if there was a name for that? Is there ...

Bob’s (Literary) Burger of the Day

It didn’t take long for me to devour all of the episodes of Bob’s Burgers that I could when I watched ...

Giveaway: Let’s Bring Back Lost Language

It will come as no surprise to you to learn that we at the Riot love words. We love old ...

Gimmicks, Language, and the Evolution of Reading

(This is No. 43 in our series of Public Service Films, following the success of No. 42, How Not To Be ...