We’ve all been there. You’re hanging out with your friends when you get a call from your boss. When you pick up the phone, you start talking in your office voice – less slang, more formal and polite (comedy duo Key and Peele have a brilliant take on this, check it out here). There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on behind our subtle changes in language. It’s called code switching – and no, that’s not some kind of computer programming jargon. We talked to NPR’s Shireen Marisol Meraji and Professor Garrard McClendon to find out more.
Dec 19, 2014