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Articles from SEPTEMBER 2009
Once again award-winning writer and educator Bob Greenman takes us on a journey through words selected from More Words That Make a Difference, a delightful book illustrating word usage with passages from the Atlantic Monthly. Here Bob muses on the start of another school year, with an ardor that is far from noncommittal. Continue reading...
Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
September 29, 2009By Shannon Reed
"...Once more, or close the wall up with our English dead." Appropriate words to start a new school year.
See what I did there? Our English dead? Like, our English Language Arts dead? Funny stuff, right?!Sorry. I'm writing this during the second week of school. Just having pants on is a major accomplishment. Continue reading...
Exploring the pathways of our lexicon
September 28, 2009By Ben Zimmer
William Safire passed away over the weekend at the age of 79, and his loss is felt particularly strongly by those who loyally followed his "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine for the past three decades. Safire retired from his Pulitzer Prize-winning political column for the Times in 2005, but he continued to relish his role as "language maven" to the very end. He was not simply a pundit on matters political and linguistic, however: he was also an extremely generous man, both publicly in his philanthropic work with the Dana Foundation and privately with friends and colleagues. Continue reading...
William Safire, R.I.P.
September 28, 2009
September 25, 2009
You'll need to know your current events for the September edition of the Visual Thesaurus crossword puzzle. Figure out the hidden word chain and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt! Continue reading...
Behind the Dictionary
Lexicographers Talk About Language
September 24, 2009
In part two of our interview with usage expert Bryan A. Garner, we talk about a new feature in the newly published third edition of his authoritative guide, Garner's Modern American Usage: the Language-Change Index, an innovative approach to evaluating how linguistic innovations spread and become accepted over time — for better or for worse. Continue reading...
National Punctuation Day
September 24, 2009
It's National Punctuation Day! Why not celebrate by reading some of our recent punctuated-related posts?