Ben Zimmer

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I'm executive producer of Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com. You can find an archive of my Word Routes columns here. I'm also language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine, and chair of the New Words Committee for the American Dialect Society. My official site is here, and you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
  1. National Spelling Bee '13: Semifinal and Final Rounds

    Some words from the semifinal and final rounds of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
    29 Words
  2. National Spelling Bee '13: Prelims

    Words from Round 2 and 3 of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read more here:...
    339 Words
  3. 2013 State of the Union

    Words from Pres. Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Prepared text is here.
    77 Words
  4. 3rd Obama-Romney debate

    Some words from the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct....
    106 Words
  5. 2nd Obama-Romney debate

    Some words from the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney at Hofstra University,...
    164 Words
  6. Biden-Ryan vice-presidential debate

    Words from the vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan (Oct. 11,...
    147 Words
  7. 1st Obama-Romney debate

    Some words from the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney at the University of...
    140 Words
  8. Mitt Romney's acceptance speech

    Words from Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Transcript:...
    250 Words
  9. National Spelling Bee '12: Semifinal and Final Rounds

    Some words from the semifinal and final rounds of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read...
    43 Words
  10. National Spelling Bee '12: Prelims

    Words from Round 2 and 3 of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read more here:...
    335 Words
  11. Palindromic words

    Some words that read the same backwards and forwards.
    60 Words
  12. Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address

    Prepared text: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/us/politics/state-of-the-union-2012-transcript.html
    520 Words
  13. Ronald Reagan: "Tear Down This Wall"

    Ronald Reagan's speech at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987....
    220 Words
  14. Q without U

    Good words to know for Scrabble.
    9 Words
  15. Mayor Bloomberg on Lower Manhattan since 9/11

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's speech on the rebirth of Lower Manhattan since...
    558 Words
  16. USGS Report on the East Coast Earthquake

    "Magnitude-5.8 Earthquake Strikes National Capital Area"...
    28 Words
  17. Vocabulary from Louis Sachar's "Holes"

    Also check out this lesson plan on using key words from the novel "Holes":...
    163 Words
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Some words from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (Warning: possible...
    704 Words
  19. Atlantis Lifts Off for Last Space Shuttle Mission

    From the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/science/space/09shuttle.html
    95 Words
  20. National Spelling Bee '11: Semifinal and Final Rounds

    Some words from the semifinal and final rounds of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read...
    35 Words
  21. National Spelling Bee '11: Prelims

    Words from Round 2 and 3 of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read more here:...
    371 Words
  22. Obama's Middle East policy speech, May 19, 2011

    Words from President Obama's speech on Middle East policy. Prepared text:...
    367 Words
  23. Obama's address on bin Laden

    President Obama's remarks on Osama bin Laden (May 1, 2011)....
    109 Words
  24. Royal Wedding word list

    From the New York Times article, "To Fanfare, Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry" (Apr. 29,...
    183 Words
  25. Obama's Libya speech (Mar. 28, 2011)

    Notable words and phrases from President Obama's remarks on Libya....
    166 Words

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omphaloskepsis
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mulct
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