Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer is executive producer for Vocabulary.com and the Visual Thesaurus, and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Lexicon Valley
April 15 2014 4:07 PMSorry, That's Not an Emoticon in a 1648 Poem :(
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 9 2014 2:17 PMAn Olympic Snowboarder Said "Huck It," and the BBC Freaked Out
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 13 2013 10:51 AMNancy Pelosi Told House Democrats to "Embrace the Suck." Where Did That Phrase Come From?
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 11 2013 4:01 PMBatman bin Suparman Arrested on Drug Charges. Here's How He Got His Name.  
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 27 2013 12:12 PMDid Stalin Really Coin "American Exceptionalism"?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 6 2013 1:45 PMA History of Meh, from Leo Rosten to Auden to The Simpsons
Explainer
July 18 2009 9:46 AMWas Cronkite Really the First "Anchorman"?How we came to use the term.
Explainer
Sept. 10 2008 5:37 PMWho First Put "Lipstick on a Pig"?The origins of the porcine proverb.
The Good Word
Aug. 16 2006 1:15 PMKeeping Up With the SmonesesAre American newlyweds blending their last names?
Lexicon Valley
Feb. 14 2014 9:47 AMHow Sid Caesar Learned Double-Talk
Lexicon Valley
Jan. 14 2014 1:33 PMA Reporter Said "Screw the Pooch" on Face the Nation. Where Does That Phrase Come From?
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 22 2013 1:39 PMNo, a Drunken Australian Man Did Not Coin the Word Selfie
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 9 2013 4:38 PMHow Did @#$%&! Come to Represent Profanity?
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 18 2013 3:11 PMWTF Is Older and More Flexible Than You Think
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 4 2013 11:32 AMOf Course Twerk Should Be in the Dictionary   
The Good Word
Dec. 29 2008 11:24 AMCzar WarsHow did a term for Russian royalty work its way into American government?
Procrastination
May 14 2008 7:01 AMPro·cras·ti·na·tionHow we got a word for "putting things off."
The Good Word
April 4 2006 5:48 PMHow Does the Pentagon Say "Body Bag"?Hint: It's not "transfer tube."