Linguist, lexicographer, writer, editor, broadcaster

Category: 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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