James Harbeck

James Harbeck is a professional word taster and sentence sommelier (an editor trained in linguistics). He is the author of the blog Sesquiotica and the book Songs of Love and Grammar.

Lexicon Valley
Sept. 9 2014 11:40 AMWhy Dangling Modifiers Aren't the Real Problem
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June 25 2014 11:24 AM10 Words Made With Scissors And Glue
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April 25 2014 12:12 PMThere's a Number of Reasons This Headline Could Infuriate You
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March 21 2014 10:45 AMWhy Is the Mor in Voldemort (and Mordor and Dr. Moreau) So Evil-Sounding?
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Jan. 7 2014 10:19 AMQuiz: Drug Brand or Sci-Fi Name?
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Nov. 26 2013 12:57 PMWhat's the Point of Baby Talk?
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July 21 2014 11:04 AMWe Have Ahold and Awhile, So Why Not Alot?
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May 19 2014 1:01 PMAdvertisers Trick Your Brain by Turning Adjectives into Nouns
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March 28 2014 9:39 AMThe Linguistic Legacy of the Crimean War
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Jan. 17 2014 12:04 PMAre You Using Myself Correctly? The Fantastic Flexibility of the Reflexive Pronoun.
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Dec. 12 2013 12:18 PMJimi Hendrix Made His Guitar Sound Like a Human Voice. Here's How.
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Sept. 20 2013 1:04 PMKill the Apostrophe!   


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Dear Prudence
Sept. 16 2014 6:00 AM Can of Worms Prudie offers advice to a letter writer who wants to blackmail a famous ex with tapes of his fetish.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.