John Kelly
John Kelly

John Kelly is an educator, writer, and word nerd living in Dublin. He blogs about word origins at Mashed Radish and Shakespeare at Shakespeare Confidential.

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Dec. 14 2016 8:03 AMThe Word of the Year for 2016 Isn’t a Word. It’s a Number.
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Nov. 21 2016 10:54 AMStress-Cleaning, Gilmore Girls Therapy, and the Wordplay of Post-Election Coping Strategies
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Nov. 8 2016 9:00 AMThe 2016 Presidential Election Has Created a New Verb
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Oct. 24 2016 9:30 AMIn Honor of the GOP Nominee: What Exactly Is an Assclown?
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Oct. 14 2016 11:40 AMWhen Did Baked In Become So Baked In?
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Sept. 28 2016 10:51 AMIn Praise of Brangelexit
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Sept. 13 2016 10:39 AMForget the “Deplorables.” It’s the “Basket” That Makes Hillary’s Metaphor So Provocative.
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Sept. 7 2016 1:48 PMWe Have Questions to Raise About the Insidiously Banal Phrase Raises Questions
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Aug. 23 2016 9:30 AMHow ’80s Is the Slang in Stranger Things?
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Aug. 11 2016 2:05 PMWhat the Ancient Epinikion, or Victory Song, Teaches Us About Olympic Athletes
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July 28 2016 9:00 AMClinton’s New “Trash-Talk” Line Is the Perfect Weapon Against Trump
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July 19 2016 9:30 AMShakespeare’s Guide to Swearing Like a Misanthrope
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July 7 2016 1:03 PMElie Wiesel’s Profound and Paradoxical Language of Silence
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June 24 2016 10:58 AMWhat Happened to All of Baby’s Articles and Pronouns?
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June 9 2016 2:20 PMKing Lear: The Anti-Vagina Monologues 
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Dec. 2 2016 9:00 AMThe Dad-ification of Language Shows That Masculinity Is Still Evolving
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Nov. 17 2016 11:05 AMThe Cowardice of Asking “What Happened” on Election Night
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Oct. 26 2016 10:59 AMWhat’s With All Trump’s Talk About “Draining the Swamp”?
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Oct. 21 2016 9:30 AMThe Strange and Searching Linguistic Experiments on Bon Iver’s 22, a Million
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Oct. 10 2016 9:30 AMIs Fat Becoming a Swear Word? And Is That a Bad Thing?
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Sept. 22 2016 10:00 AMWashingtonian, Lincolnian, Trumpian: Is Trumpian Destined to Become the Greatest Adjective in the Land?
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Sept. 8 2016 10:08 AMOnce Upon a Time, a Sausage Party Was Just a Party With Sausages
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Aug. 30 2016 9:30 AMEverything Is Weaponized Now. This Is a Good Sign for Peace.
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Aug. 15 2016 1:08 PMFrom Jefferson to Donald Trump, a Brief History of Presidential “Temperament”
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Aug. 4 2016 9:30 AM1/ Everyone Is Composing Long, Numbered, Slash-y Threads on Twitter. 2/2 Here’s Why.
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July 22 2016 9:30 AMBrexit Blends Caught Fire. Why Haven’t Pokémon Portmanteaus?
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July 14 2016 1:26 PMHow Diamond Reynolds Transformed Politeness Into Protest
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June 29 2016 11:48 AMBranger. Debression. Oexit. Zumxit. Why Did Brexit Trigger a Brexplosion of Wordplay?
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June 14 2016 11:18 AMTHIS. Why So Much This?
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June 9 2016 9:00 AMIrish Bards Could Kill Rats With Their Magical Poetry Powers

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