John McWhorter

Why try to avoid lingo? What's slang today is accepted usage tomorrow. 

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The idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop.

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It would have saved Grantland some headaches, but it's hopeless.

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Internet-Speak is Improving English Because Empathy

The real significance of the new "because"

The real significance of the new "because."

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This American Dictionary Is Full of Words You've Never Heard Before

An ambitious attempt to document the differences in regional English

There are way more words for soft drinks than just "pop" and "soda."

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In the debate over whether the apostrophe should be eliminated, there may appear to be connection with real life. However, there isn’t—it can only be classified as a kind of journalistic kabuki. Not that there isn’t sense to it: More than a few understand that apostrophes serve no function and could be eliminated from writing with no ill effect.

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Miley's Twerking Wasn't Racist

It's not right to call her VMA performance minstrelsy

Many of the people clutching their pearls over Miley Cyrus’s gluteal gyrations at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday don’t want the America they claim to want.

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The Grumpy Grammarian on how we cope with the gap between how words sound and how we write them down.

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No More "Conversations"

We don't need to talk about race. We need to end racial profiling.

I have a hard time joining the chorus celebrating the President’s comments on Trayvon Martin as one of his most stirring speeches. His legendary race speech in 2008 was near literary; Friday’s statement qualified more as remarks. “Personal,” yes—but this is a President who has written a best-selling autobiography and regularly prefaces his statements on all manner of issues with comments about “Michelle and I” and his daughters.Yet yesterday’s talk may have been his most significant statement on race, for reasons of symbol as much as of substance.

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The End of Racial Demagoguery

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are so over

Quiet as it’s kept, the era of the “militant” black leader is over. Despite the fearmongering on Drudge and elsewhere, there are no black leaders calling for insurrection. 

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