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Articles from MARCH 2011
Exploring the pathways of our lexicon
March 31, 2011By Ben Zimmer
A television commercial for the laundry detergent Gain is getting under the skin of the grammatically minded. The commercial shows a man getting dressed and smelling his newly laundered shirt, as the announcer says, "Bill's mornings have never been gooder thanks to something amazing we've added to Gain." That one little word, gooder, has set off a storm of protests — which may be exactly what Procter & Gamble, the makers of Gain, are looking for. Continue reading...
Writers Talk About Writing
March 30, 2011By Merrill Perlman
The editors of The Associated Press Stylebook recently announced some changes to the Bible of copy editors. Among their pronouncements: e-mail would lose its hyphen, and cell phone would lose its space. Merrill Perlman, who writes the "Language Corner" column for Columbia Journalism Review, gives us the full rundown. Continue reading...
Put the VT to work in your classroom
March 30, 2011
How do Ernest Thayer and Garrison Keillor use word choice to convey different tones in the original poem "Casey at the Bat" and Keillor's parody "Casey at the Bat (Road Game)"? Continue reading...
This week marks the opening of the 2011 baseball season. Teachers, what better way to prepare your students for the season than to give them a little baseball vocabulary preview? Every sport has its own vocabulary, and baseball is no exception. Continue reading...
Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
March 29, 2011By Shannon Reed
Last summer, a teacher friend of mine was trying to decide whether to use a new book in her classroom in the coming school year. We spent a long time weighing the merits: in favor of doing so was the stay against boredom that introducing a new text provides. Against? "I would like to not go entirely insane with work this year," she mentioned. Ah yes. The impossible dream. Continue reading...
The latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary has attracted a flurry of media interest, though much of the coverage has been misleading or downright inaccurate. We take a look at some of the more reasoned reactions to the inclusion of such new items as OMG, LOL, and heart (as a transitive verb, not as a symbol). Continue reading...
March 25, 2011
We had a great response to last month's crossword challenge, so let's do it again! For the March challenge, answer the word-related question posed by the puzzle and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt.Continue reading...