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Crystal Clear

David Crystal is one of the most prolific writers on the English language. Despite his amazing productivity, the quality of his work never suffers. Here are a few of his latest must-reads.

By Hook or By Crook

Think on my Words

The Fight for English

How Language Works

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World Accents

Want to hear the difference between English as spoken in Chicago and Liverpool, or Delhi and Alabama? The University of Edinburgh's Sound Comparisons lets you listen to a variety of English accents from around the Anglophone world. It's an eye-opening trip through the diversity of World English.
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"Simpsons" Linguistics

Heidi Harley is a linguist and lover of "The Simpsons." For four years she's collected linguistically oriented "Simpsons" jokes (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). A perfectly cromulent undertaking.
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Name That Restaurant

What's in a name, at least a restaurant name? Lucky for us, a professor has written a fascinating paper that explains how "names of contemporary dining and drinking establishments serve as semantic and/or humorous reflections of societal mores." Read it here.
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If your Saturday night needs some excitement, join us here in the Lounge for our weekly linguistic adventure: it's a thrill ride that you can enjoy without leaving the comfort of your recliner!  Continue reading...
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Ben Zimmer, like most lexicographers we meet, has a fascinating a background: A self-described "dictionary hound" as a kid, he volunteered in college as a "reader" for the Oxford English Dictionary, scanning music magazines for new terminology. He then worked as a linguistic anthropologist researching the languages of Indonesia before returning to his lexicographic roots. Long discussions with the OED editors about emerging technology led ultimately to his current job, as Editor for American Dictionaries at Oxford. It's a job where he's intimately involved with the Oxford English Corpus, a high-tech infrastructure for writing dictionaries. Ben graciously spoke to us about his work:  Continue reading...
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