Language Blog Roundup: dude, Victorian slang, shaming and mansplaining

November 8, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. We were saddened by the passings last week of music legend Lou Reed and Marcia Wallace, an actress most known as the voice of The Simpsons’ Mrs. Krabappel. […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Oscar Hijuelos, Alice Munro, an open letter

October 18, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. We were saddened this week by the passing of Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and Our House in the Last World. Hijuelos […]

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Celebrating Ada Lovelace: Our Favorite Hacker Slang

October 15, 2013

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, which honors 19th century English mathematician and writer, Ada Lovelace. While Lovelace is “chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine,” she is also credited with developing the “first algorithm ever specifically tailored for implementation on a computer,” and thus is often considered […]

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Witchy Words

October 8, 2013

With the newest season of American Horror Story, Coven, premiering this week, we couldn’t resist writing about our favorite witchy words. A coven, if you didn’t already know, is an assembly of witches, often 13. The word is a variant of covent, which is another word for convent, a community especially of nuns, which some […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Tom Clancy, fauxlibuster, Banned Books Week

October 4, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. We were saddened this week by the passing of Tom Clancy, best-selling author of books such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games. He was 66. […]

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Have an A1 day!: Our Favorite Words from Breaking Bad

September 25, 2013

We’re just days away from the series finale of the brilliant Breaking Bad. While we’ve been on the edges of our seats all season, we’ve also been listening for interesting terms. We’ve collected them right here, from euphemisms to legal terms to the changing meaning of a devil of a word. Also be sure to […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of September 16, 2013

September 23, 2013

Welcome to the very last round-up of the winners of the Word of the Day Perfect Tweet Challenge! You may have heard that we’ll be discontinuing the contest to make room for some new fun challenges in the future. Until then here are the final winners: [View the story “WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week […]

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