Adam Cooper studied linguistics at Brandeis University and The University of Chicago. Since 2010, he has been working with The Endangered Language Alliance in New York City on documentation and preservation projects.
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Fitzgerald chose words with precision, and took into account not just their inherent meanings, but also how their use would serve to establish the traits of his characters. Continue reading...
As Harry Potter and the Cursed Child dominates book sales and the play entertains London audiences night after night, we examine the sources and humor of spell names in the entire Harry Potter series. Continue reading...
To mark Bruce Springsteen wrapping up his summer tour and his autobiography, perhaps it is appropriate to look at a side of Springsteen that doesn't get enough attention -- Springsteen the wordsmith. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Vocabulary Words
On August 3, 2016, CNN held a Libertarian Town Hall where that party's presidential candidate and his running mate tried to explain their positions, answer questions from the audience and appear to be a person one could cast a vote for. Continue reading...
The 2016 Democratic National Convention was a stark contrast to the Republican Convention the week before. Here is an exploration of some of the more playful and interesting word choices. Continue reading...
National party conventions are really about two things: painting the candidate you are supporting in the best possible light, and engaging in attacks on the opposition. Continue reading...
Reporting on his investigation of Hillary Clinton's email use, F.B.I. Director James B. Comey mentioned several times that the F.B.I. engaged in up-classifying emails. Continue reading...
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