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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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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: …
 
LexiCon #282 – The End? A father, daughter and son celebrate the career of The Undertaker by watching a trio of his matches: His debut at Survivor Series ’90, the first Hell in a Cell at Badd Blood ’97, and his first WrestleMania matchup with Triple H from 2001 . . . What’s your favorite Undertaker match? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay ho…
 
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…
 
LexiCon #281 – Charlie Brown and the Deathly Hallows A father, daughter and son do a new commentary for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, on the tenth anniversary of it’s theatrical release . . . What’s your favorite Harry Potter movie? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and M…
 
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…
 
LexiCon #280 – Hello, Pot, I’m Kettle A father, daughter and son celebrate Zelda Month . . . What’s your favorite Zelda game? Let us know on Twitter. . Remember, stay home when you can, wash your hands, socially distance, and MASK-UP! . Help Hurricane Victims: Hurricane Laura Hurricane Sally Delta, Zeta . Here are some resources/websites/organizati…
 
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…
 
LexiCon #279 – Where Did the Eyebrows Go? A father, daughter and son go back to the lists . . . What’s your favorite Dragon Ball Z arc? Let us know on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Victims: Hurricane Laura Hurricane Sally . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to go out during this pandemic, please MASK-UP! . Here are some res…
 
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…
 
LexiCon #278 – The NES Turns 35 A father, daughter and son take a look back at one of the most influential video game systems of all-time on its 35th anniversary . . . What’s your favorite NES game? Let us know on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Victims: Hurricane Laura Hurricane Sally . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to g…
 
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…
 
LexiCon #277 – Mallrats Revisited A father, daughter and son take another look at dad’s favorite movie in advance of its 25th anniversary . . . What’s your favorite movie? Let us know on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Victims: Hurricane Laura Hurricane Sally . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to go out during this pandemic,…
 
LexiCon #276 – That Thing We Did A father, daughter, mother and son do that thing they do while watching one of Dad’s favorite movies, Tom Hanks’s classic That Thing You Do . . . What’s you favorite song from That Thing You Do? Let us know on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Laura Victims . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to…
 
There's more than one way to ask why. How come? What for? 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 #275 – Bill & Ted’s Pretty Good Reboot A father, daughter and son take a look at some current pop culture, based on nostalgic pop culture . . . What Bill & Ted flick is your favorite? Let us know on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Laura Victims . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to go out during this pandemic, please…
 
LexiCon #274 – Cool By Default A father, daughter and son celebrate Porygon Community Day by watching it’s only appearence in the Pokemon anime, the infamous “Electric Soldier Porygon” . . . What Pokemon would you like to see in a Community Day? Weigh in on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Laura Victims . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. .…
 
We now start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a book with several exciting events for Harry and his friends to experience. We go back to the Weasleys and attend an international event where a disaster takes place. What more can happen? If you’re ready to find out – on we go! Podcasts: Canon Thoughts: Goblet of Fire by Steve VanderArk Fifty Year…
 
We now start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a book with several exciting events for Harry and his friends to experience. We go back to the Weasleys and attend an international event where a disaster takes place. What more can happen? If you’re ready to find out – on we go! Podcasts: Canon Thoughts: Goblet of Fire by Steve VanderArk Fifty Year…
 
From baby talk to formal varieties, languages around the world offer—or even require—different ways of speaking for different situations. 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.…
 
LexiCon #273 – Riding the Mario High A father, daughter and son celebrate Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary . . . Mario or Luigi? Weigh in on Twitter. . Help Hurricane Laura Victims . Info on voting in your state and voting by mail. . If you have to go out during this pandemic, please MASK-UP! . Here are some resources/websites/organizations to c…
 
In the early 2000s, Harry Potter fans debated the possible range of dates for the saga. Small clues like the reference to a PlayStation in book four were discussed in detail. — Since the PlayStation wasn’t available until December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in Europe, some argued that the events of Goblet of Fire couldn’t have happened until …
 
In the early 2000s, Harry Potter fans debated the possible range of dates for the saga. Small clues like the reference to a PlayStation in book four were discussed in detail. — Since the PlayStation wasn’t available until December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in Europe, some argued that the events of Goblet of Fire couldn’t have happened until …
 
Enslaved people developed a hybrid language that sailed from Africa to the Caribbean and—unbelievably—back again. 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…
 
Welcome to the third book in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban! Many fans consider this to be their favorite Harry Potter novel. Harry is another year older, another face-off with Voldemort under his belt. What could be in store for him and his friends this year? Let’s crack the new adventure open and find out! Podcasts: Canon Thoughts: Book Thre…
 
Welcome to the third book in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban! Many fans consider this to be their favorite Harry Potter novel. Harry is another year older, another face-off with Voldemort under his belt. What could be in store for him and his friends this year? Let’s crack the new adventure open and find out! Podcasts: Canon Thoughts: Book Thre…
 
A longstanding mystery of Black English may finally be solved. 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…
 
Languages of the Ottoman Empire, inspired by historian Alan Mikhail's new book God's Shadow. 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 m…
 
Welcome to the fifth installment of our celebration series! We’ve been warned not to return to Hogwarts, met some new allies and foes, and accidentally broken one of the most fundamental rules of wizarding society. What a way to start the school year! Ready to have some fun exploring what’s next? Here we go! Podcasts: CS 6: Howlers, Mandrakes, and …
 
Welcome to the fifth installment of our celebration series! We’ve been warned not to return to Hogwarts, met some new allies and foes, and accidentally broken one of the most fundamental rules of wizarding society. What a way to start the school year! Ready to have some fun exploring what’s next? Here we go! Podcasts: CS 6: Howlers, Mandrakes, and …
 
Now we’re into the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Plenty of connections can be made between this book and book six, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In fact, book two was originally going to be called Half-Blood Prince! Here’s what Rowling had to say about that: I have been engulfed by an avalanche of questions on the …
 
Now we’re into the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Plenty of connections can be made between this book and book six, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In fact, book two was originally going to be called Half-Blood Prince! Here’s what Rowling had to say about that: I have been engulfed by an avalanche of questions on the …
 
Lots of languages have no dedicated way to indicate later-ness. Somehow life goes on. 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 megaphon…
 
Quidditch is the wizard sport that everyone – well, almost everyone – in the Wizarding World is mad about. It features high levels of danger and unpredictability. The strange rules and seemingly unfair scoring system of Quidditch are more than a bit illogical. But what outweighs these objections are the thrills – thrills for the spectators in the s…
 
Quidditch is the wizard sport that everyone – well, almost everyone – in the Wizarding World is mad about. It features high levels of danger and unpredictability. The strange rules and seemingly unfair scoring system of Quidditch are more than a bit illogical. But what outweighs these objections are the thrills – thrills for the spectators in the s…
 
Ready to have some fun exploring? Here we go! Podcasts: Trunks by Selena Gallagher Platform Nine and 3/4 by Steve VanderArk How Many Students Are There at Hogwarts? by Steve VanderArk Whatever Happened to Sally-Ann? by Steve VanderArk The Significance of Hallowe’en by Rosie Payne Free Will, Divination and Time Travel Part 1 by Abby Koop Reader’s Gu…
 
Ready to have some fun exploring? Here we go! Podcasts: Trunks by Selena Gallagher Platform Nine and 3/4 by Steve VanderArk How Many Students Are There at Hogwarts? by Steve VanderArk Whatever Happened to Sally-Ann? by Steve VanderArk The Significance of Hallowe’en by Rosie Payne Free Will, Divination and Time Travel Part 1 by Abby Koop Reader’s Gu…
 
When Harry finally gets his Hogwarts letter from Hagrid, it contains a list of required school supplies, but makes no mention of how he’s expected to pack it all. Nevertheless, on the 1st September, it’s all safely packed in a ‘huge, heavy trunk.’ This is fortuitous as it appears that the trunk is indeed the luggage of choice for Hogwarts students.…
 
When Harry finally gets his Hogwarts letter from Hagrid, it contains a list of required school supplies, but makes no mention of how he’s expected to pack it all. Nevertheless, on the 1st September, it’s all safely packed in a ‘huge, heavy trunk.’ This is fortuitous as it appears that the trunk is indeed the luggage of choice for Hogwarts students.…
 
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