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?
Culturebox
March 12 2013 2:09 PMYou Say “Best.” I Say No.It’s time to kill the email signoff.
History
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.
Culturebox
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
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
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.
Technology
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.
Education
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.
Culturebox
Dec. 28 2012 11:02 AM25 Years of Prozac, 100 Years of CrosswordsAll your 2013 anniversary coverage, previewed in 2012.
Doublex
Sept. 28 2012 8:45 AMSidelinedWhy are there still no women coaching men’s sports? And why don’t we care?
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
Sept. 21 2011 7:29 AMThe El Cheapo Guide to CultureAn eight-step approach to entertaining yourself economically.
Culturebox
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

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