National Grammar Day is just around the corner — it falls on Monday, March 4th (march forth
, get it?). Among the festivities is the annual Grammar Haiku Contest, overseen by editor Mark Allen. In the contest, verbivores vie for glory by submitting grammar- or usage-based haikus on Twitter. This year, I've been asked to be a judge.
On NPR's Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro reported on how the debate over gun restrictions in the United States is powerfully framed by terms such as "gun control" and "gun rights." Our own Ben Zimmer
is interviewed about how language shapes such political debates. Listen to the segment here
, and check out a list of "loaded words" from the gun debate here
On the NPR program "Fresh Air," Berkeley linguist Geoff Nunberg turned to a topic that is one of our favorites: assessing the linguistic accuracy of period dramas, whether it's Downton Abbey
, Mad Men
. In an age obsessed with authenticity, Nunberg argues, we often choose to nitpick over the wrong details.
When he's not singing "High Hopes" with Daniel Radcliffe at the Oscars, you can find Joseph Gordon-Levitt exploring the meaning of reinforce
with the "Sesame Street" muppet Murray Monster.
When Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA equipped its ninth grade English classrooms with Netbooks, teacher Marc Ginsberg decided to make Vocabulary.com the backbone of his vocabulary curriculum. Here, he talks with Vocabulary.com about the experience.