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Geoffrey Pullum, the co-creator of the language website Language Log, sums up his site's popularity this way: "A: We like to have fun. B: We enjoy writing. And C: We're linguists." Over 40,000 people a week visit for a smart, witty, wry -- and, yes, fun -- take on how we use this English language of ours. Now Geoffrey and his collaborator Mark Liberman, both linguistics professors, have captured the flavor of their website in a new book called Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log. We called Geoffrey to talk about his work.

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Blog Excerpts

Dictionary of Difficult Words

Can't tell your a posteriori from your a priori? Look 'em up in the "Dictionary of Difficult Words," a website that asks, "Do you aim to become a member of the literati, or do you wish to be a savant? Do you want to avoid being verbigerative and be succinct instead?" If you answered yes, yes, yes, and yes, check out their list of words here.
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Word Detective

Check out a word sleuth in action: See how this lexicographer, who writes the Language Hat blog, answers the question, "why is that there is an 'oldfangled' and a 'newfangled' but no 'fangled'?" Click here for the response.
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Blog Du Jour

Linguistics and "other geekery"

Check out these blogs on linguistics, language and, as one writer put it, "other geekery."

Tenser, said the Tensor

Language Geek

Lexical Matters

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