Browsing Month November, 2011

The Disappearance of Lemolade

At four years and eight months, my son Guthrie is about 44 pounds and 44 inches of a limitless capacity for making us laugh. Dinner time is a comedy/variety hour. It may include jokes, laps around the table, a puppet show from underneath the tablecloth, made up songs about bodily functions, putting new words to more…

The Pronunciation of American Humorists

A delightful find in a book from 1874 (On Early English Pronunciation, Asher & Co., London, for the Philological Society): a long list pronunciations used by American humorists to represent the speech of the common American. There are pages and pages of it. Many of them are new to me, which suggests that they are more…

What are your words of the year for 2011?

Over the next week I’m polishing the Big List I’ve been gathering all year for my eighth annual words-of-the-year piece for the New York Times. What words or phrases shouldn’t I miss? Ideal entries will be newish (they don’t have to be brand new) or newly important, widely used or widely discussed, or they should more…

New blog! New look!

Here we are: my fourth blog on the fourth domain on the fifth content management system since 1999. Welcome! More to come.