Jesse Sheidlower

Jesse Sheidlower, formerly the editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary, is the president of the American Dialect Society. He is the author of The F-Word.

Brow Beat
Feb. 6 2013 12:53 PMWhere Should You Start With Richard Thompson?
The Good Word
Oct. 1 2009 11:27 AMCan a Woman "Prong" a Man?Why it's so hard to put sex in the dictionary.
The Good Word
Oct. 1 2008 1:30 PMWhat Kind of Accent Does Sarah Palin Have?Wasillan, actually.
The Good Word
May 12 2006 1:26 PMIs Concept a Verb?How to get a word into the dictionary.
The Good Word
April 6 2006 12:25 PMThe Dirty Word in 43 DownA New York Times crossword gaffe.
The Good Word
Nov. 1 2005 6:56 AMThe Word We Love To HateLiterally.
Jan. 11 2005 2:05 PMLinguists Gone Wild!Why "wardrobe malfunction" wasn't the Word of the Year.
The Good Word
Dec. 10 2009 7:05 AMTiger Woods Does Not Have 11 "Mistresses"His many paramours aren't committed enough to merit that term.
The Good Word
March 19 2009 6:51 AMIf You Seek Amy's AncestorsBritney Spears didn't invent the dirty pun in her new song title. She stole it from Joyce and Shakespeare.
The Good Word
Feb. 11 2008 8:02 PMA History of PimpingWhat the word meant and what it means now.
The Good Word
April 10 2006 2:16 PMWord CountAre there really 988,968 words in the English language?
Feb. 10 2006 6:12 PMBalls in the AirWhere does the expression "balls to the wall" come from?
Sept. 8 2005 6:48 PMWhy Do People in New Orleans Talk That Way?The origins of the accent.
Hey, Wait A Minute
Dec. 8 2004 2:55 PMCrying WolofDoes the word hip really hail from a West African language?



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The XX Factor

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  News & Politics
Sept. 29 2014 10:00 PM “Everything Must Change in Italy” An interview with Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 29 2014 1:52 PM Do Not Fear California’s New Affirmative Consent Law
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Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
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Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 29 2014 12:01 PM This Is Your MOM’s Mars
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.