The Government Shutdown From A to Z: A Handy, Half-Serious Glossary
October 15, 2013
We’re in Week Three of the government shutdown, speeding toward the October 17 debt ceiling deadline. The stalemate continues, and the Smithsonian's still closed. We know the two parties are talking, but what are they actually saying?
Activate Beast Mode
October 08, 2013
You need to learn this phrase if you want to succeed at talking like a business school bro.
Don’t You Dare Say "Disruptive"
August 15, 2013
It’s the most pernicious cliché of our time.
A Quixotic History of Doomed Efforts to Fix Spelling
August 09, 2013
The Grumpy Grammarian on how we cope with the gap between how words sound and how we write them down.
How does the last page of Gatsby read when you strip it of Fitzgerald's characteristic style?
Born in the ***
July 11, 2013
Ever since Edward Snowden plugged his thumb drive into the USB port of global consciousness, I've been monitoring myself and others for signs of incipient paranoia. I detected a few almost immediately.
A New "C-Word"?
July 02, 2013
The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker" in the Trayvon Martin trial.
Why Edward Snowden Wins on Twitter
June 12, 2013
The Newspeak dictionary is filling up.
Figuring out a culture's worldview from its word choices isn't as easy as it seems.
May 20, 2013
Jay Carney's rough week was a blessing to one man: his boss.