Ben Zimmer
Ben Zimmer

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

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Jan. 11 2016 11:55 AMThe Origins of In Cahoots: Four Theories
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Dec. 14 2015 9:23 AMSo You Just Got Eighty-Sixed From a Bar. Why That Number?Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early-20th-century origins of a bizarre food-industry code with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
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Oct. 19 2015 10:47 AMA Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix. It’s a Real Humdinger!The panelists discuss a piece of old American slang.
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Sept. 21 2015 9:46 AMAn Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and UnavailingBob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a very wasteful word with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
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Aug. 5 2015 10:35 AMA Non-French Speaker Won the French Language Scrabble Championship. How Is That Possible?
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May 11 2015 10:16 AMDid Bill Simmons Get Fired for “Testicular Fortitude”?
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Nov. 7 2014 1:58 PMCan John Leguizamo Put a Pretty Face on Fugly?
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June 4 2014 12:45 PMDon't Print Stupid S%#t: Should Newspapers Censor The "Obama Doctrine"?
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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
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Dec. 13 2013 10:51 AMNancy Pelosi Told House Democrats to "Embrace the Suck." Where Did That Phrase Come From?
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Nov. 11 2013 4:01 PMBatman bin Suparman Arrested on Drug Charges. Here's How He Got His Name.  
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Sept. 27 2013 12:12 PMDid Stalin Really Coin "American Exceptionalism"?
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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.
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Dec. 29 2015 4:08 PMDid Bob Dylan Pioneer the Phrase “Can’t Even” Back in 1966?
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Nov. 16 2015 12:05 PMWoody Guthrie’s Folk Etymology. It’s a Hootenanny!Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a word that was popularized during the 1940s folk movement with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
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Sept. 23 2015 6:17 PMYogi Berra Turned Linguistic Vice Into Virtue With His Cockeyed Tautologies
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Aug. 5 2015 2:46 PMAssessing Jeb Bush’s Bilingualism
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June 29 2015 2:52 PMLinguaFile XIII: Don’t Be a Clown!Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
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Jan. 5 2015 12:41 PMHow Stuart Scott Made Booyah His Own
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June 6 2014 11:46 AMPangrammatic Tweets!
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May 2 2014 3:41 PMHow the Letter "K" Landed a Turkish Columnist in Jail
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Feb. 14 2014 9:47 AMHow Sid Caesar Learned Double-Talk
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Jan. 14 2014 1:33 PMA Reporter Said "Screw the Pooch" on Face the Nation. Where Does That Phrase Come From?
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Nov. 22 2013 1:39 PMNo, a Drunken Australian Man Did Not Coin the Word Selfie
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Oct. 9 2013 4:38 PMHow Did @#$%&! Come to Represent Profanity?
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Sept. 18 2013 3:11 PMWTF Is Older and More Flexible Than You Think
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Sept. 4 2013 11:32 AMOf Course Twerk Should Be in the Dictionary   
The Good Word
Dec. 10 2008 11:50 AMCzar WarsHow did a term for Russian royalty work its way into American government?

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