Ben Yagoda

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

Lexicon Valley
Oct. 17 2014 1:57 PM“Y” So Creative? A Very Adjective-y Letter
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.
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.

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