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  • 07/02/13--21:01: Coinages of the Realm
  • English being the ravenous language that it is, Lucy Ferriss cooks up some new treats to feed the beast.

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    Ben Yagoda searches for the origin of the phrase. Hint: Liberace wasn’t first.

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  • 07/14/13--21:01: You SHOULD Look It Up
  • Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, especially when it comes to quotations, says Ben Yagoda.

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  • 07/31/13--21:01: Kerfuffle: an Argument
  • Not only is this word gaining popularity in American English, says Anne Curzan, but it also seems to be subtly changing its meaning.

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    The people in a 2013 day care and a 1776 tea party have the same names, says Ben Yagoda.

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    William Germano muses about the arrival of Jane Austen’s visage on Britain’s 10-pound note.

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  • 08/14/13--21:01: Most. Tiresome. Trope. Ever.
  • Where did "Best. [Noun Goes Here.] Ever." come from? asks Ben Yagoda, and when is it going?

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  • 08/15/13--21:01: Money and Dames
  • Lucy Ferriss argues for the female dollar, and she doesn’t mean Janet Yellen’s purse strings.

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    Geoff Pullum is reminded, after a dip into the Ethnologue, that counting languages is a perplexingly politicized and unscientific business.

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  • 08/22/13--21:01: Of Paste and Pasta
  • Does the entree come with fava, fava beans, or fave? asks William Germano.

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    Geoff Pullum explores a "lumper" view, which posits one Germanic language spoken from Hungary to Belgium, and a "splitter" view, which shows four or five languages on the Italian island alone.

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    Bradley Manning's switch to "Chelsea" has Lucy Ferriss pondering identity and pronouns.

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  • 09/05/13--21:01: Blurred Red Lines
  • After hearing about boots on the ground and shots across the bow, Ben Yagoda wishes our lawmakers would forgo metaphors.

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    The Gray Lady could rely on a few other rhetorical devices, says Ben Yagoda.

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  • 09/17/13--21:01: Sorry
  • Why are academics better at apologia than apology? William Germano explains.

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  • 09/18/13--21:01: Teachable Moments
  • September 11, 2013: Drunk students riot over the break up of social-media-inspired parties. It's exciting to teach journalism in these times, says Ben Yagoda.

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  • 09/23/13--21:01: Hollywood Ending
  • Sometimes things work out just right. Like Ben Yagoda's part in the new movie about J.D. Salinger.

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  • 09/26/13--21:01: The Work of Conversation
  • Anne Curzan reminds readers of the effort involved in being a good conversationalist, as well as the payoffs.

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    Geoff Pullum is at a conference on "the cognitive revolution." Has it actually happened yet?

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  • 10/09/13--21:01: The Jargon Prize
  • Lucy Ferriss offers examples of university-administration gobbledyspeak from her inbox. What are yours? Join our contest; winner gets a copy of "How to Write Short."

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