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The Language of Food

Stanford linguist Dan Jurafsky has launched a fascinating new blog called The Language of Food. So far he's posted meticulous studies of the words entrée, ketchup, and dessert. Check it out here.
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A Daily Portmanteau

What's a dingenuity? It's "A dinner made from the most random of ingredients." And a Snaab? That's "A snob who is obsessed with his Saab," of course. Read more hilariously inventive blends on A Daily Portmanteau.
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William Safire, R.I.P.

Linguistically oriented bloggers reflect on the passing of "On Language" columnist William Safire.

The Lexicographer's Rules

Languagehat

Wordorigins.org

Wishydig

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The Apostrophantom

What's an apostrophantom? Stan Carey defines it as "an entity that absconds from the printed page, leaving only a ghostly trace of the apostrophe it once was." See it (and its relative the apostrofly) on Carey's Sentence First blog.
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How to Describe Gibberish

Eyewash! Piffle! Twaddle! Mumbo jumbo! Want to know twenty ways to describe nonsensical speech? Maeve Maddox of Daily Writing Tips has the answers here.
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Dictionaries in the Age of Google

Do we still need dictionaries in the age of Google? That's the question posed by Julia Angwin in the Wall Street Journal's "Decoder" blog. Read her investigation here.
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