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Fetish of the here and now.
When asked whether schoolchildren should be taught in Spanish as well as in English, a former governor of Texas famously replied that if English was good enough for Jesus, it was good enough for anyone.
The New York Times Magazine names Ben Zimmer as ‘On Language’ columnist.
The column is a fixture in The Times Magazine and features commentary on the many facets — from grammar to usage — of our language. “On Language” will appear bi-weekly beginning March 21.
What is a ‘hurt locker‘?
With six Oscars to its name, the film The Hurt Locker is the toast of Hollywood. But what of the name itself?
If you must e-mail about my grammar.
Until just a few years ago, “impacted” was used only in a medical sense.
Mind your jargon-laden language.
Local Government Association lists 250 words of jargon that public sector workers should stop using.
Eleven mistakes about grammar mistakes.
Not a single one of these alleged grammar mistakes is both (a) genuinely relevant to English grammar and (b) actually a mistake.
Students need to learn quick, efficient reading: British professor.
Books, words, science and the history of language
Pondering good faith in publishing.
Book publishers have long seen themselves as the gatekeepers of literary culture. But when they’re not looking, the truth has a way of being left at the door.
Questions answered: invented languages.
Questions to two experts in the field of invented languages.
Google’s computing power refines translation tool.
Google’s service is good enough to convey the essence of a news article, and it has become a quick source for translations for millions of people.
Language video – American and British slang
Here’s an amusing clip from the US show, ‘Ellen’.Email this Post