Ben Yagoda

Ben Yagoda is the author of a new e-book about recent language trends, You Need to Read This.

Lexicon Valley
Aug. 18 2014 12:46 PMWhy It's Not So Unreasonable to Spell "Espresso" With an X
Lexicon Valley
July 10 2014 11:21 AMWhat's Going On Around "Around"? New Uses of Old Prepositions.
Lexicon Valley
April 17 2014 11:31 AMIs Obama Overusing the Phrase the Wrong Side of History? Are We All?
Lexicon Valley
March 5 2014 11:14 AMHow Weed Became the Hippest Slang Term for Marijuana
Brow Beat
June 3 2013 4:21 PMHow Arrested Development Reinvented the Catchphrase
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2012 8:59 AM“I’m Dreaming of a White President”: Randy Newman on His New Song
The Good Word
Sept. 20 2011 12:57 PMThe Britishism InvasionLanguage corruption is a two-way street.
The Good Word
April 7 2011 10:08 AMThe "Nonplussed" ProblemHow long should we cling to a word's original meaning?
Books
April 25 2008 7:07 AMCartoons Go to WarBill Mauldin's unflinching vision has yet to be beat.
Books
Dec. 3 2007 11:57 AMA Shy and Brainy GuySteve Martin explains how he got so funny.
The Good Word
April 20 2007 7:14 AMYou Go, Companion!What to call Paul Wolfowitz's special lady friend.
The Good Word
Feb. 16 2007 12:38 PMPardon the InterjectionThe Internet and the rise of awwa, meh, feh, and heh.
Culturebox
April 10 2006 6:25 AMMichiko KakutaniA critic with a fixation.
Books
Nov. 8 2004 10:43 AMThe 9/11 Commission ReportHow a government committee made a piece of literature.
Sports Nut
June 30 2003 6:09 PMGoing DeepHow Gary Smith became America's best sportswriter.
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 4 2014 11:28 AMDoes Novel Now Mean Any Book?
Brow Beat
June 13 2014 4:50 PMThe Strange 1960s Gym-Class Anthem in Apple’s New iPhone Commercial
Lexicon Valley
March 25 2014 2:21 PMThat Word for a Meme-Obsessed, Self-Aware Age
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 22 2013 3:51 PMDo You Say Amongst Instead of Among? Here's Why.
Culturebox
March 20 2013 12:11 PMFact Checking “In Cold Blood”I found the papers of the fact checker who worked on Capote’s nonfiction masterpiece. What did he miss?
The Good Word
Nov. 4 2011 12:52 PMCheerio, Bumbershoot!The word is not actually British for umbrella.
The Good Word
May 12 2011 10:07 AMThe Rise of "Logical Punctuation".The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.
Sports Nut
Sept. 10 2009 4:17 PMA Modesty ProposalHow should Roger Federer—the greatest tennis player on earth—talk about his own greatness?
Culturebox
March 6 2008 5:29 PMBelieve It or NotMemoir fabulists getting caught means the system is working.
Culturebox
Oct. 1 2007 1:44 PMThe Father of All MemoirsWhat Edmund Gosse could teach today's memoirists.
Memoir Week
March 30 2007 5:43 PMA Brief History of Memoir-BashingIt's almost as old as the memoir itself.
The Good Word
July 17 2006 6:28 AMYou Need To Read ThisHow need to vanquished have to, must, and should.
Culturebox
Aug. 26 2005 7:21 AMMy Life as a HackIt was glorious. Now it's over.
Music
Sept. 17 2003 1:18 PMJohnny Cash on DemandGet ready for tribute songs to the Man in Black. Lots of them.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
  Life
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 19 2014 1:10 PM Ascension Island: Home of Lava Fields, a False Forest, and the World's Worst Golf Course
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 3:07 PM Everything Is a "Women's Issue"
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.