The Good Word
April 14 2010 7:03 AMIt's Time To Retire KabukiThe word doesn't mean what pundits think it does.
Dec. 10 2009 7:05 AMTiger Woods Does Not Have 11 "Mistresses"His many paramours aren't committed enough to merit that term.
March 19 2009 6:51 AMIf You Seek Amy's AncestorsBritney Spears didn't invent the dirty pun in her new song title. She stole it from Joyce and Shakespeare.
Dec. 29 2008 11:24 AMCzar WarsHow did a term for Russian royalty work its way into American government?
Oct. 1 2008 7:07 PMDiagramming SarahCan Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian?
Sept. 12 2008 1:41 PMSpeechwriter for a DayThe best antimetabole submissions from Slate's reader contest.
Feb. 11 2008 8:02 PMA History of PimpingWhat the word meant and what it means now.
Aug. 30 2007 2:56 PMSo Many Exclamation Points!A new style guide says we should pepper our e-mails with them. Really?
Feb. 16 2007 12:38 PMPardon the InterjectionThe Internet and the rise of awwa, meh, feh, and heh.
Aug. 2 2006 6:44 AMSuck It UpA defense of the much-maligned word.
July 13 2006 11:53 AMRevenge of the Language NerdsBeleaguered linguists find witty champions in Far From the Madding Gerund.
May 7 2006 4:47 PMWhere Do "Baby-Daddies" Come From?The origins of the phrase.
April 6 2006 12:25 PMThe Dirty Word in 43 DownA New York Times crossword gaffe.
Nov. 1 2005 6:56 AMThe Word We Love To HateLiterally.
April 4 2003 5:33 PMThe Words of WarWhere do MOUTs and MOPPs come from?
March 24 2010 10:51 AMThe New KlingonWithout so much as a dictionary, Avatar fans are learning how to speak Na'vi.
Oct. 1 2009 11:27 AMCan a Woman "Prong" a Man?Why it's so hard to put sex in the dictionary.
Dec. 31 2008 6:55 AMWho Checks the Spell-Checkers?Microsoft Word's dictionary is old and outdated. Here's how to fix it.
Oct. 15 2008 11:55 AMEpic WinGoodbye, schadenfreude; hello, fail.
Oct. 1 2008 1:30 PMWhat Kind of Accent Does Sarah Palin Have?Wasillan, actually.
Sept. 12 2008 1:41 PMThe Hottest Rhetorical Device of Campaign '08Ask not what antimetabole can do for you—ask what you can do for antimetabole.
Oct. 8 2007 12:21 PM3:10 to Yuma in CubaHow a Western changed the way Cubans speak.
April 20 2007 7:14 AMYou Go, Companion!What to call Paul Wolfowitz's special lady friend.
Aug. 16 2006 1:15 PMKeeping Up With the SmonesesAre American newlyweds blending their last names?
July 17 2006 6:28 AMYou Need To Read ThisHow need to vanquished have to, must, and should.
May 12 2006 1:26 PMIs Concept a Verb?How to get a word into the dictionary.
April 10 2006 2:16 PMWord CountAre there really 988,968 words in the English language?
April 4 2006 5:48 PMHow Does the Pentagon Say "Body Bag"?Hint: It's not "transfer tube."
Sept. 27 2004 5:33 PMLike a HurricaneJournalists struggle to describe Jeanne's mighty winds.
Aug. 27 2001 11:30 PMWho Gets To Be "Solomonic"?

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