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.
Plain SpeakingA Y2002 Problem.
Bible EnglishLike it or not, the good book lies behind everything you say.
The Lie of the LandEquivocations, deceptions, fibs, and other forms of not telling the truth.
Noted With PleasureThe glorious art of citing your sources.
Too Much of a Good ThingHow much hype is overhype?
Meet John Doe... and Jane Roe, John Q. Public, and other ordinary citizens.
Are We Content?Yes, and product, too.
The Ebonic Plague?Nope, no sudden outbreak here. Black English--whatever the name--has been around for centuries.
More for Your MoneyWhat's the value in value-added?
Airline EnglishWhy flight attendants talk like that.
Like a HurricaneJournalists struggle to describe Jeanne's mighty winds.
Who Gets To Be "Solomonic"?
Feelin' GroovyCan anybody say it with a straight face?
Yours, Mine, and OursWhose God is it, anyway?
Trash TalkingThe many forms of empty and hypocritical speech.
Alphabet SoupA technological history of reading and writing.
Like Sands Through the HourglassAt the end of the day, what does it all mean?
The Firmness FactorHard thinking about soft questions.
The Enemy WithinTrojan horses and fifth columns are all around us.
How to Delight With StatisticsEdward Tufte's books make train schedules irresistible.
This Is the EndWhy do we long so for closure?
Naming NamesThe eponym craze.
Yadda Yadda YaddaOn saying nothing.
Jesuitical vs. TalmudicMaking arguments, splitting hairs