Linguist Says You Can Use ‘Like’ More. He’s, Like, Wrong.
November 01, 2013

If you are under the age of 45, chances are that at some point somebody over the age of 45 has condemned your alleged overuse of the word “like.” This person may or may not have said it politely.

The Golden Age of Grammar Is a Myth
October 22, 2013

This piece orignally appeared on 

The "Surge" Surge Must Be Stopped
October 21, 2013

In a blog post Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged “difficulties” since the launch of—the national healthcare-exchange site for Americans not living in states that set up their own exchanges—and promised a

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
How to talk like a business-school bro
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"
It's the most pernicious cliché of our time
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.

This Computer Program Turns Famous Writers Into Anonymous Hacks
July 31, 2013

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"?
The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker"
July 02, 2013

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