James Harbeck
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.

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Feb. 23 2015 8:15 AMSmeg: The Most Disgusting Word You’ve Never Heard Of
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Jan. 19 2015 10:00 AMWhat Do Swearwords and Buffalo Have in Common? 
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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!   
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Feb. 2 2015 11:53 AMHow to Write Dirty Tongue Twisters
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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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March 31 2015 9:17 AM The Redline of March Overheard on email: Slates copy desk rounds up the month’s style and grammar rulings.