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It's All Greek To Me

mediapost.com — The Greek credit fiasco has rattled securities, currency and commodity markets all over the world. It could destroy the Euro. It has shed bright light on Germany's disproportionate power in Europe, where 70 years after World War II it has become a liberal-democratic multicultural childcare-providing Fourth Reich.

Mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 63: LinguaFile XIII Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of a mystery word with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on...

Gorgeous 06/22/2015

mediapost.com — Media-buying transparency or whatever can hold off a week. Will you please permit me, on the occasion of Father's Day, to devote a few words to something personal? To be specific, it's a bit of an update to my dad, who died young and missed my entire adult life, not to mention a lot of his own.

All languages have a positivity bias.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 62: The Pollyanna Hypothesis Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab You'll find every Lexicon Valley episode at slate.com/lexiconvalley, or in the player below: Send your thoughts about the show to lexiconvalley@slate.com.

Boycott This 06/01/2015

mediapost.com — So the advertisers have abandoned TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" en masse following revelations that no more than 18 of the super-Christian offspring managed to get through childhood without committing sex crimes. Good for you, Allstate, Choice Hotels, Sherwin-Williams, Pizza Hut and the rest, for bravely taking a stand against molestation.

Mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 61: LinguaFile XII Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of a mystery word with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on...

Dothraki and Valyrian inventor David J. Peterson on creating languages for Game of Thrones.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 60: M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven! Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab David J. Peterson: "I always believed that created languages were art pieces, and in that regard the creation is its own reward.

The etymology and history of the word seersucker with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 59: LinguaFile XI | Seersucker: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word seersucker with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer.

Comcast (Merger) Must Die

mediapost.com — Remember Comcast Must Die? It was a blog jihad I mounted back in 2007 not to kill the cable provider, but to shame it into some modicum of customer-service responsibility. The project had not one but two jingles, and a horrifying/funny video and a podcast. But what it mainly had going for it was righteousness.

The double negative in the English language.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 58: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab You'll find every Lexicon Valley episode at slate.com/lexiconvalley, or in the player below: Send your thoughts about the show to lexiconvalley@slate.com.
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