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The Harry Potter Lexicon website has been in existence for almost two decades. Over that time, J.K Rowling thrilled us with her magical creation — in novels, interviews, on her websites, on Twitter, and more. And here at the Lexicon, a small group of dedicated fans have worked very hard over all those years to catalogue all the magical details she revealed. The Lexicon website has always been seen as the gold standard for careful research and faithfulness to Rowling’s created world, all beca ...
 
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LexiCon #298 – Squidward Tentacles’ Day Off A father, daughter and son watch the 80’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for its 35th anniversary . . . If you had access to a car like that, would you take it back? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP!…
 
Deconstructing a single line of dialogue from Netflix's "The Crown." Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
LexiCon #297 – 80’s Night A father, daughter, mother and son get together for some 80’s movie trivia . . . Share some of your favorite 80’s movie quotes with us on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Here are some resources/websites/organizations to check out …
 
LexiCon #296 – Wrestling ’96 On their 296th episode, a father, daughter and son watch two ’96 wrestling matches (Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel from 4/96 and Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio, Jr. from 6/96) . . . What’s your favorite wrestling decade? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands,…
 
Why are so many of the languages of Southeast Asia "like Chinese"? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
LexiCon #295 – Man, We Were Just Dumb A father, daughter and son comb through the Cartoon Network Catalogue . . . What’s your favorite Cartoon Network show? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Here are some resources/websites/organizations to ch…
 
LexiCon #294 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Silliness A father, daughter and son take another deep-dive into the second installment of the Harry Potter books . . . Do you think it a really small book, or a really big toilet? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands, socially distan…
 
English is full of redundancies—so why are we bothered by only a select few? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch…
 
LexiCon #293 – Nobody Puts Miss Piggy in a Corner A father, daughter and son welcome the kids’ mother as they do their commentary thing for her favorite movie, Dirty Dancing . . . What would you think about a Dirty Dancing reboot? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, get vaccinated when you can, stay home when possible, wash your hands, socially dis…
 
LexiCon #292 – Captain Falcon and the Winter Brother-In-Law A father, daughter and son compile the reviews for the “six-episode event” that was The Falcon and the Winter Soldier . . . What was your favorite TFATWS episode? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Help recent shoo…
 
John McWhorter teases his new book about off-color English expressions, starting with c!#k. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me…
 
LexiCon #291 – God Is a Muppet A father, daughter and son finish their Disney Channel deep-dive . . . Who’s your favorite Muppet? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Help recent shooting victims and their families: Indianapolis Daunte Smith Atlanta Boulder . Here are some re…
 
LexiCon #290 – Debby Ryan Is My Childhood A father, daughter and son take a look back through the years of Disney Channel programming . . . What’s your favorite Disney Channel show? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Help recent shooting victims and their families: Daunte S…
 
A single word—take "self," for example—reveals the thorny nature of literary translation. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
 
LexiCon #289 – A Buff Tom Hiddleston A father shows his daughter and son his favorite wrestling match, the Ironman world title match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII . . . What’s your favorite Wrestling Match? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Help …
 
Don't be fooled into thinking that English is a typical language. It's not. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
 
For many languages, the idea that the subject belongs up front is plain backwards. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f…
 
How did a word meaning "with bread" come to sprout its corporate connotation? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc…
 
From the evolution of ain't to double negatives, simply saying no is wonderfully complex. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
 
Our language contains a trove of buried clues, petrified remnants of its past. But you have to know where to dig. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about you…
 
Lots of languages divide words into categories, like male and female. How does that happen? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me…
 
Words have a way of rebelling against their etymological parents, acquiring meanings of their own. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
That language changes is certain. How quickly or slowly is another matter. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi…
 
The story of how one little verb developed a seemingly endless capacity to absorb new meanings. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visi…
 
A controversial theory holds that English, along with other Germanic languages, was profoundly influenced early on by Phoenician. The evidence is intriguing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: …
 
Summer is over and it is time to return to Hogwarts. Harry has lessons with Professor Dumbledore to look forward to. He becomes surprisingly talented in Potions class and works hard as the new Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. But what is his classmate Draco Malfoy actually up to? Ready or not, here we go! Podcasts: Fifty Years Ago by Steve…
 
Summer is over and it is time to return to Hogwarts. Harry has lessons with Professor Dumbledore to look forward to. He becomes surprisingly talented in Potions class and works hard as the new Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. But what is his classmate Draco Malfoy actually up to? Ready or not, here we go! Podcasts: Fifty Years Ago by Steve…
 
Mark Twain famously depicted what he called the "Missouri Negro dialect" of Jim. Would that be acceptable today? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your…
 
Animals bark, sing, purr and even gesture, all fascinating but a far cry from human communication. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Everything turns a bit darker in Book Five. Lord Voldemort has returned. Dementors show up in unexpected places. And Harry is unhappy, even when he has re-joined his friends before the end of the summer. Ready to find out why? Let’s go! Podcasts: Encore Presentation: OP 1: Drought by Steve VanderArk OP 2: Kneazles by Steve VanderArk OP 3: Why Not S…
 
Everything turns a bit darker in Book Five. Lord Voldemort has returned. Dementors show up in unexpected places. And Harry is unhappy, even when he has re-joined his friends before the end of the summer. Ready to find out why? Let’s go! Podcasts: Encore Presentation: OP 1: Drought by Steve VanderArk OP 2: Kneazles by Steve VanderArk OP 3: Why Not S…
 
Peculiar linguistic tales of America's soldiers. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
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