Are You a Language Bully?Cut it out.
What the ...Why everyone and your mother started using ellipses ... everywhere.
Wait, I Have to Know What It Means, Too?Shame on the Scripps National Spelling Bee for forcing contestants to memorize definitions.
Why Do We Hate Certain Words?The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
Vowel MovementHow Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
No More Chinks in the ArmorThe Jeremy Lin controversy suggests it’s time to retire the phrase for good.
The Britishism InvasionLanguage corruption is a two-way street.
An Uh, Er, Um EssayIn praise of verbal stumbles.
The Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em DashModern prose doesn't need any more interruptions—seriously.
Wikipedia's "Macaca" ProblemThe user-generated encyclopedia makes George Allen's faux pas seem more clear-cut than it really was.
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Who Checks the Spell-Checkers?Microsoft Word's dictionary is old and outdated.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.
Shame on EveryoneJust because you don’t like someone’s criticism doesn’t mean they’re “shaming” you.
What Is the Icelandic Word for “Four”?Fjórar. No, fjórir. No, fjögurra. No, fjarki. No …
No OffenseProfanity is changing. For the better.
Are Apostrophes Necessary?Not really, no.
Please Do Not ChillaxAdjoinages and the death of the American pun.
False Fronts in the Language WarsWhy New Yorker writers and others keep pushing bogus controversies.
Cheerio, Bumbershoot!The word is not actually British for umbrella.
That's So MystoWhat makes slang stick?
Questioning the Inca ParadoxDid the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?
The Rise of "Logical Punctuation".The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.
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.