Language and Languages

Announcing “The Long Bleep,” a Podcast and Blog About Taboo Language

After six months of planning, I’m happy to announced The Long Bleep, a podcast and blog about taboo language: four-letter words, dirty words, obscenities, and more. The first step is a questionnaire. Its results will be used to create podcasts and blog posts structured around things that really happened when taboo language was used: confrontations, more…

Find Me at These Events

Meeting folks face to face is a whole different kettle of fish than doing a radio show. Among other things, it’s more invigorating and challenging to be kept on your toes by audiences you can see. For another, I can give a lot more time to listening to questions and stories, which is partly why more…

My Eighth Annual New York Times Words of the Year List

My eighth annual New York Times words-of-the-year list is live. The words I included are just a fraction of the hundreds of terms I considered. I had to leave out many worthy candidates, but you’ll no doubt see them come up in the 2011 “word of the year” vote held by the American Dialect Society more…

I Need You For The Radio Show

I want you to donate to the nonprofit that produces the radio show I co-host and co-produce. It’s 9 p.m. here on the West Coast. I’m just back from an educational forum featuring Michelle Rhee, who used to run the Washington D.C. schools. A lot of the talk was about students, and some of what 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…