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Masha Gessen on the many translations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 52: The Many Lives of Anna Karenina Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Last November saw the publication of two new translations-by Marian Schwartz with Yale University Press and Rosamund Bartlett with Oxford University Press-of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story Anna Karenina....

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

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 51: LinguaFile VII Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word cockamamie with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on cockamamie, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com....

THIS EXPOSE OF HAT WEARING WILL SHOCK YOU

medium.com — THIS EXPOSE OF HAT WEARING WILL SHOCK YOU Caught Elvis Costello in concert about 5 months back. He was very charming, as always. New York Times critic Jon Pareles described the performance as "a continuing, challenging, intimate engagement with his songs, old and new." In addition, Costello wore a hat.

A Bloody Hatchet, Google and You, Mr. Chris Morran

medium.com — This is the saga of a smear. Oh, just a little smear. Just a casual internet-age sliming of the sort that keeps whole digital-media companies afloat. But a lie nonetheless, a lazy and cowardly one, and one that I shall forthwith avenge. May the guilty drown in rivers of shame.

Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster, Erin McKean of Wordnik, Katherine Martin of Oxford, and Jane Solomon of Dictionary.com on the Word of the Year.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 50: Exposure to Vape Culture Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Merriam-Webster chose culture, Oxford selected vape, and Dictionary.com went with exposure. So how did three esteemed reference works end up with three very different Words of the Year?

Speech scientist Benjamin Munson on the stereotypical gay man’s voice.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 48: What Does It Mean to Sound Gay? Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Affect a lisp, assume a lilt, and add a fair amount of flamboyance. Presto! Instant gay man's voice. It's a stereotype, to be sure, but is there...

In The Drink 11/24/2014

mediapost.com — Until last week, it was just a series of rumblings. The allegations were of horrible episodes, but they simply didn't penetrate the mantle of achievement, riches and accumulated goodwill of the groundbreaking icon. To dwell on the dirt would require you to see a hero as a monster.

The etymology and history of the phrase “to get one’s goat” with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 47: LinguaFile V Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase get one's goat with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer.

Eight Days from My Due Date, the Growing Failure Inside of Me is Starting to Kick

medium.com — (This column first appeared in MediaPost October 13, 2014) As a five-time Worstselling Author, I have known my share of humiliations. I have performed readings for rows and rows of empty card chairs. I have sat in a bookstore signing, next to a life-size cardboard cutout of myself, equipped with stacks of my opus and a boxful of virgin Sharpies, unautographing for three solid hours.

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

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 45: LinguaFile IV Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word snark with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on snark, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on...
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Jan 27, 2015

@geneweingarten So, to recap: No attribution, a surprising "surprisingly" and a gorgeous malapropism. Shall we add to that the premise?

Jan 27, 2015

@geneweingarten Jeez, Gene. "makes me want to recur." It was a regurgitation/recurrence joke.

Jan 22, 2015

@listenGfs How does this justify carelessly passing along false reports of gang rape? On the contrary, crying wolf is dangerous to sheep.

Jan 14, 2015

@JessLHutton @AvenSarah @lexiconvalley @bgzimmer Well, I have a joke your great grands would love. You, I'm not sure. Very Dutchy.

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