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Who Checks the Spell-Checkers?Microsoft Word's dictionary is old and outdated.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."
Like a HurricaneJournalists struggle to describe Jeanne's mighty winds.
Who Gets To Be "Solomonic"?
Feelin' GroovyCan anybody say it with a straight face?
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.
The Word We Love To HateLiterally.
The Words of WarWhere do MOUTs and MOPPs come from?
The "R" WordHow do you avoid saying "retarded"?
A Few Well-Chosen WordsOur collective unconscious online.