The man Lady Gaga called the "mayor of Iceland" is obsessed with language: the language of professional politicians, the language of satire and the restrictive rules in Iceland that prevent him from officially changing his name.
Soccer announcers the world over cry out an elongated form of 'gooooooooooooal!' when a team scores. But that cry originated in Brazil in the 1940s. Reporter Fernanda Santos dug into the origins of the cry.
Last week, Toronto Star reporter Mitch Potter was approached by a group of angry Pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. He thought he was going to be kidnapped as a foreign journalist. Then, he spoke French.
Language editor Patrick Cox can't decide between three Chinese names given to him by Chinese friends and colleagues. The first uses clever wordplay, the second adheres to fortune telling conventions, and the third looks and sounds majestic.
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
When the Nazis wiped out Jewish life and culture during World War II, it was hard to imagine it would ever come back in Poland. But it is starting to return. Though it's not Jewish people who are leading the way.
Fifty years ago, kids caught speaking French in Maine schools might be punished. Today, schools are teaching it to help young people regain their heritage, in a state where 20 percent have a Franco-American background.