The Words

New Home for the Double-Tongued Dictionary

In 2004, I started the Double-Tongued Dictionary as a lexicographical sandbox. Now it’s a part of A Way with Words, the public radio program I co-host and co-produce. Read the announcement here. And while you’re there, check out the new website for the radio show. It was a long time coming and worth the wait!

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…

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…