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The World in Words with Patrick Cox focuses on language. We decode diplospeak and lay bare nationalist rants. And as English extends its global reach, we track the blowback from the world's 6,000+ other languages, in the form of hybrids like Chinglish, Hinglish, Singlish and Binglish. Binglish? Visit the full archive at pri.org!

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English


Lessons

At Sochi, never mind the languages, just follow the pictograms


Russian Pronunciation tips for the Sochi Olympics, and the language of undi


Carl Reiner and Moshe Waldoks recall the brilliance of Sid Caesar's polyglo


In Canada, Olympic patriotism defeats pronunciation pettiness


In Colombia, if you're a political candidate, forget about using your name


Do you answer 'How are you?' the American or the Russian way?


A modest French revival in Maine, USA


In search of the perfect email sign-off


How to apologize for the Cultural Revolution without blaming the Chinese Co


The language of pregnancy seems pregnant with meaning. Is it?


‘Hello, my name is Yes,’ and other English names in China


I have been given three Chinese names. Which one should I use?


A Canadian journalist escapes detention in Ukraine by speaking French


Words written in secret: a history of invisible ink


"Dear Sir, I like words..." and other letters of note


In Scotland's independence referendum, Lady Alba is voting 'Naw!'


At cocktail hour, would you prefer 'The Bitter Taste of Calm' or 'Seven Day


In Ukraine, the insults in both languages draw on sensitive historical mome


Russian leaders have tinkered with their alphabet for centuries, but with t


What happens when the doctor says 'hospice' and you understand 'poorhouse'?

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