Matthew J.X. Malady

Matthew J.X. Malady is Slate’s Good Word columnist. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjxmalady.

The Good Word
Sept. 11 2014 3:08 PMFingerprint WordsThe verbal tics that make up who we are—and how they spread to others.
The Good Word
July 1 2014 2:33 PMIs It Time to Kill Autocorrect?What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week. 
The Good Word
April 29 2014 11:41 PMWhere Yinz AtWhy Pennsylvania is the most linguistically rich state in the country.
The Good Word
Jan. 28 2014 2:25 PMWill We Use Commas in the Future?Maybe.
The Good Word
Nov. 25 2013 9:45 AM¿Does English Need Upside-Down Punctuation?¡Yes!
The Good Word
Sept. 5 2013 12:53 PMAre You a Language Bully?Cut it out.
The Good Word
July 1 2013 3:33 PMNo OffenseProfanity is changing. For the better.
Brow Beat
April 2 2013 10:56 AMWhat Words Do Slate Readers Hate?
March 12 2013 2:09 PMYou Say “Best.” I Say No.It’s time to kill the email signoff.
Oct. 31 2012 3:45 AMYou Want My Support? How Much Are You Offering?One Ohio county’s long, sordid history of selling its votes to the highest bidder. 
Sports Nut
July 2 2012 6:45 AMEyeballs, Bagels, and a Gigantic Hunk of WasabiInside the hilarious, treacherous, smelly world of minor league mascot races.
Feb. 1 2012 7:10 AMKILL THE CAPS LOCKAnd four other modest proposals for improving the contemporary computer keyboard.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2011 3:51 PMTips From Slate Readers on How to Consume Culture on the Cheap
July 27 2011 1:59 PMThe Search for Animal ChinWithout Stacy Peralta's path-breaking, kick-flipping skate movie, there would be no X Games.
March 14 2011 6:51 AMStill Separated at Birth?Do Spy magazine's celebrity lookalikes still look alike?
The Good Word
Aug. 13 2014 11:43 AMThe End of BroThe term’s ubiquity may signal its demise.
June 3 2014 5:16 PMThe Internet Doesn’t Love AnythingIt is not a human being. And we probably shouldn’t talk about it as though it were.
The Good Word
March 5 2014 3:05 PMOff BrandsUnderstanding the terrible spelling and punctuation in corporate names.
The Good Word
Dec. 29 2013 11:55 PMWhoa! Woah?! Whoah.How an old exclamation became the Internet’s most variously spelled word.
Oct. 10 2013 2:03 PMWe Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly
The Good Word
July 29 2013 11:25 AMWhat the ...Why everyone and your mother started using ellipses ... everywhere.
The Good Word
May 23 2013 12:07 PMAre Apostrophes Necessary?Not really, no.
The Good Word
April 1 2013 5:41 AMWhy Do We Hate Certain Words?The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
Dec. 28 2012 11:02 AM25 Years of Prozac, 100 Years of CrosswordsAll your 2013 anniversary coverage, previewed in 2012.
Sept. 28 2012 8:45 AMSidelinedWhy are there still no women coaching men’s sports? And why don’t we care?
Feb. 6 2012 2:06 PMDo Not Make It Easier To Type Exclamation Points!Slate readers offer their suggestions for improving the computer keyboard.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2011 7:17 AMFake Me Out at the BallgamePhony Vince Young, phony Derek Jeter, and more of history’s greatest and most ridiculous sports impostors.
Sept. 21 2011 7:29 AMThe El Cheapo Guide to CultureAn eight-step approach to entertaining yourself economically.
May 16 2011 11:19 AMStill Separated at Birth? Do Spy magazine's celebrity lookalikes still look alike?
Brow Beat
Feb. 17 2011 1:50 PMEureka Found!: Slate Readers’ Inspirational Quests for Obscure Books, Movies, and Dr. Seuss T-Shirts



Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 19 2014 1:05 PM Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 17 2014 4:23 PM A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Oct. 17 2014 1:33 PM What Happened at Slate This Week?  Senior editor David Haglund shares what intrigued him at the magazine. 
Oct. 19 2014 4:33 PM Building Family Relationships in and out of Juvenile Detention Centers
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Space: The Next Generation
Oct. 19 2014 11:45 PM An All-Female Mission to Mars As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.