Have you noticed that curators
, once restricted to institutions like museums and art galleries, are now running rampant? Research librarian Stan Friedman investigates curator
-mania, and discovers that people are finding comfort in an old, trusted term.
It's time once again to break out the holiday eggnog! Ever wonder where the word eggnog
comes from? Wonder no more: check out the Word Routes column that Visual Thesaurus editor Ben Zimmer wrote last holiday season, "The Origins of 'Eggnog,' Holiday Grog
Last week, an exciting new tool for analyzing the history of language and culture was unveiled by Google. They call it the "Ngram Viewer," and it's an interface to study the enormous corpus of historical texts scanned by Google Books. The Ngram Viewer was rolled out in conjunction with a paper in the journal Science
introducing the field of "culturomics." Dennis Baron
has weighed in on the significance of this development for researchers. But what about those peculiar words, culturomics
We are pleased to present another excerpt from the new anthology entitled, One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe
, published by Sarabande Books. The editor, Molly McQuade, asked 66 writers the question, "What one word means the most to you, and why?" Among the essays McQuade has collected is "Interesting," by Jayson Iwen.
Once again award-winning writer and educator Bob Greenman takes us on a journey through words selected from More Words That Make a Difference
, a delightful book illustrating word usage with passages from the Atlantic Monthly
As 2010 winds down, word-watchers are reflecting on a year of vuvuzelas
and mama grizzlies
. Let's take a look back at some of the lexical highlights from the past year.
Last week, President Barack Obama sent Americans running to the dictionary when he called Democrats opposing his compromise on tax cuts "sanctimonious."