John McWhorter

A New "C-Word"?

The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker"

The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker" in the Trayvon Martin trial. 

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The Grumpy Grammarian says: Words change their meaning, so give the vice president a break.

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Figuring out a culture's worldview from its word choices isn't as easy as it seems.

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Freedom From, Freedom To

Yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition

Yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition.

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Proof that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Had Assimilated? He Spoke Black

Black English, the most American part of our language

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's tweets, with their casual use of black English, demonstrate how assimilated he was. 

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The Royal They

Fighting against the tyranny of pronouns

Why we should fight against the tyranny of pronouns.

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The AP's Crime Against Logic

Its "illegal immigrant" change makes no sense

The wire service's "illegal immigrant" change makes no sense.

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Washington's Favorite, Weaselly New Verb

Why is everyone "evolving" on gay marriage?

Why is everyone "evolving" on gay marriage?

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Speaking Your Mind

The pernicious persistence of the "language shapes thought" theory

The pernicious persistence of a linguistic theory. 

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Black intellectuals' myopic criticism of President Obama.

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