The "Nonplussed" ProblemHow long should we cling to a word's original meaning?
Research in the CribWhat happens when language scientists use their own children as test subjects?
It's Time To Retire KabukiThe word doesn't mean what pundits think it does.
Tiger Woods Does Not Have 11 "Mistresses"His many paramours aren't committed enough to merit that term.
If You Seek Amy's AncestorsBritney Spears didn't invent the dirty pun in her new song title. She stole it from Joyce and Shakespeare.
Czar WarsHow did a term for Russian royalty work its way into American government?
Diagramming SarahCan Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian?
Speechwriter for a DayThe best antimetabole submissions from Slate's reader contest.
A History of PimpingWhat the word meant and what it means now.
So Many Exclamation Points!A new style guide says we should pepper our e-mails with them. Really?
Pardon the InterjectionThe Internet and the rise of awwa, meh, feh, and heh.
Suck It UpA defense of the much-maligned word.
Revenge of the Language NerdsBeleaguered linguists find witty champions in Far From the Madding Gerund.
Where Do "Baby-Daddies" Come From?The origins of the phrase.
The Dirty Word in 43 DownA New York Times crossword gaffe.
Capital EmbellishmentWhy do Tea Partiers uppercase so many of their nouns?
What David Foster Wallace Circled in His DictionaryA complete list, courtesy of the Ransom Center.
The New KlingonWithout so much as a dictionary, Avatar fans are learning how to speak Na'vi.
Can a Woman "Prong" a Man?Why it's so hard to put sex in the dictionary.
Who Checks the Spell-Checkers?Microsoft Word's dictionary is old and outdated. Here's how to fix it.
Epic WinGoodbye, schadenfreude; hello, fail.
What Kind of Accent Does Sarah Palin Have?Wasillan, actually.
The Hottest Rhetorical Device of Campaign '08Ask not what antimetabole can do for you—ask what you can do for antimetabole.
3:10 to Yuma in CubaHow a Western changed the way Cubans speak.
You Go, Companion!What to call Paul Wolfowitz's special lady friend.
Keeping Up With the SmonesesAre American newlyweds blending their last names?
You Need To Read ThisHow need to vanquished have to, must, and should.
Is Concept a Verb?How to get a word into the dictionary.
Word CountAre there really 988,968 words in the English language?
How Does the Pentagon Say "Body Bag"?Hint: It's not "transfer tube."