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January 2009, Vol. 11, No. 1

•  Talking to Students About Academic Discourse by Missy-Marie Montgomery
•  The Wittiest Writer Alive by Joseph Epstein
•  Commas and Adjectives Anew and Easy by Maurice Posada
•  A Robert Burns Quatrimillenial Celebration by Richard Lederer
•  All the World's a Stage: Shocking Upsets by Kerr Houston
•  Vocabula Revisited: Hamlet in the Closet by John Kilgore
•  Fiction: Shrine by Louis Gallo
•  Postcards from Babel: Gained in Translation by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Nano-scaffold and a New Etymology of its Greek Root nanos by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Justine and After by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Thinking in Sonnets by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Don't Be Cruel by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 18: Be a DIP by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  The Vocabula Quiz


February 2009, Vol. 11, No. 2

•  Urds by Eric Torgersen
•  The Humor of Abraham Lincoln — Part 1 by Richard Lederer
•  Commas and Adjectives Anew and Easy by Maurice Posada
•  Book Excerpt: The Artful Nuance by Rod L. Evans, Ph.D.
•  Culture and Society: C'est Le Vol by John Kilgore
•  Vocabula Revisited: For the Benefit & Helpe of Ladies and Gentlewomen: A Historical Review of Dictionaries and Their Eccentricities by Verónica Albin
•  Two Poems: Kilroy by Francis Blessington
•  Bethumped with Words: Peanut: Arachis Hypogaea — Origin of the Names nanos by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: The Truffles of Absurdity by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Christina Rossetti: Poet, Muse, Lover by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: When Corporations Fall in Love by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 19: Mister-Aligned Miss-Nomers by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  The Vocabula Quiz


March 2009, Vol. 11, No. 3

•  Losing Touch with a "Friend" by Keith Gogan
•  Make Your Voice Heard by Donna Gorrell
•  The Humor of Abraham Lincoln — Part 2 by Richard Lederer
•  Ten of the Worst, Most Annoying Grammatical Mistakes That People Make by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Book Excerpt: Sixty Sonnets by Ernest Hilbert
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Ultimate Legal Thriller by Kevin Mims
•  A Poem: Life in 4 by Marion DS Dreyfus
•  A Poem: Handwork by Kathleen M. Goldbach
•  Bethumped with Words: A Goy Gives the Origin of Four Yiddish Words? A Chaloshes! by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: She Seek Connie Dad by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: Patently Obvious by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 20: Margana and the Lexica Gopher by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam


April 2009, Vol. 11, No. 4

•  What Modern English and Modern Poetry Owe to Renaissance England by Francis Blessington
•  A Bilingual Pun Is Twice the Fun by Richard Lederer
•  Deadline by Julian Burnside
•  Book Excerpt: Movie Speak by Tony Bill
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Perfect Word Is the One That Will Do by Ira Nayman
•  Two Poems: At Forty by Jana Moore
•  Fiction: The Lost Dialogues: Socrates to Himself by Michael Jay Katz
•  Shibboleths: On Being a Jerk by John Kilgore
•  Postcards from Babel: A Charm of Powerful Trouble by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Ponzi: Caught in the Wizard's Womb of Fraud by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Beyond Laziness by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The Celine Dialogs by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Closure by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Excuses, Excuses by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 21: Esprit d'Escalier and the Dimwit on the Stairs by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Gotcha Grammar


May 2009, Vol. 11, No. 5

•  The Naming Frenzy by Arthur Plotnik
•  In Praise of Adjectives by Anna Jean Mallinson
•  Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes by Richard Lederer
•  Book Excerpt: The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall
•  Vocabula Revisited: A Defense of Adjectives by Christopher Orlet
•  Fiction: Busted by Leland Thoburn
•  The Critical Reader: Prescriptivism and Descriptivism: What Are They at Root? by Mark Halpern
•  Bethumped with Words: Vampire Squids from Hell: Odd Names in Zoology by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Rip Van Winkle Writes by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Elinore Reark's Grand Tour by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Frenemy Combatants by Adam Freedman
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Gotcha Grammar


June 2009, Vol. 11, No. 6

•  Prepositions: Those "Dull Little Words" by David Thatcher
•  How You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is by Richard Lederer
•  How Verbal Variety Kills Comprehension by Philip Yaffe
•  Tumbeling Tumbleweeds by John Mason Mings
•  Vocabula Revisited: Congratulations, Valetudinarian! by David Carkeet
•  A Poem: husband by William Aarnes
•  A Poem: Born Under a Bad Sign by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Critical Reader: Prescriptivism and Descriptivism, Part 2: A Descriptivist in Action by Mark Halpern
•  Postcards from Babel: When Is a Language Not a Language? by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Nudnik, Nogoodnik, and Nu: The Russian Origins of Three Yiddish Words by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Keisha Clothes Dirty by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Still Begging the Question by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Fleeting Expletives by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 22: EDREM by Roger Rondeau
•  Letters to the Editor
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


July 2009, Vol. 11, No. 7

•  The Enigmatic Semicolon by Janet Byron Anderson
•  The English Language Means Business by Richard Lederer
•  Linguistic Issues in The Bald Soprano: An Anti-Play by Pamela Sewell Saur
•  Just a Matter of Keystrokes by Donna Gorrell
•  Culture and Society:I Don't Wanna Grow Up: Adolescent Adulthood and How to Overcome It by Jeff Minick
•  Book Excerpt: Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit by Stephen Dodson and Dr. Robert Vanderplank
•  Vocabula Revisited: Abomistrosities by Valerie Collins
•  A Poem: Two Birds by Pia Taavila
•  A Poem: Lullaby of the Ever-Returning by Sarabjeet Garcha
•  The Elder Statesman: Words Are Important, But Is Even God Himself a Word? by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Soap and Its Word Origin by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Bad to Worse by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: 1776 and All That by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 23: Monty Green by Roger Rondeau
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


August 2009, Vol. 11, No. 8

•  Duty, Honor, Country by Verónica Albin
•  Like by Maggie Balistreri
•  Grammar Matters by Marylaine Block
•  Word Economics by Ada Brunstein
•  Black Holes by Julian Burnside
•  Hysteria: The Just Death of a Medical Word by Bill Casselman
•  Cutting and Splicing by Valerie Collins
•  The Consequences of a Word by Skip Eisiminger
•  Is Reading Really at Risk? by Joseph Epstein
•  The Decline of the Dictionary by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Don't Want Clever Conversation by Adam Freedman
•  All the Rivers Around Here Are Dutch by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Why Linguists Are Not to Be Trusted on Language Usage by Mark Halpern
•  News from the Trenches: An English Professor Speaks by Carey Harrison
•  The Age of Exploration by Kerr Houston
•  Drunk Words by David Isaacson
•  Bless Your Heart, Evangelina: An Academic Ghost Story by Sherri Mahoney Jacobs
•  Comp 101 by John Kilgore
•  Confessions of a Verbivore by Richard Lederer
•  Small Talk by Anna Jean Mallinson
•  Victoria's Secret Language by Kevin Mims
•  Crash of the Titans by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Organ Solo: Masturbation Words by Mark Morton
•  Snobs and Slobs by David R. Williams


September 2009, Vol. 11, No. 9

•  The 2009 Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest Winners
•  Prescriptivism Versus Descriptivism: Is Either Side Right? by Lee Dembart
•  The Case for Short Words by Richard Lederer
•  Cisterns by Tim Lyons
•  Culture and Society: Conspiracies Without a Human Face by Mark Halpern
•  Book Excerpt: The Natural Laws of Good Luck by Ellen Graf
•  Vocabula Revisited: How Linguistics Killed Grammar by Peter Corey
•  A Poem: 4AM Cab Ride by Ernest Hilbert
•  A Poem: Mrs. Darling (Or Is It Wendy?) by Nettie Farris
•  The Elder Statesman: Woman as Heavenly Tour Guide by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Galilee: Origin of a Hebrew Place Name by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: The Incident of the Goat by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: Wee the People by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 24: Traveling Words by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


October 2009, Vol. 11, No. 10

•  What College Writing Instructors Do Wrong by Frank E. Keyes, Jr.
•  Twelve of the Most Annoying Stylistic Mistakes That People Make by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Literary Cats by Richard Lederer
•  Chaps by Julian Burnside
•  Specialty Dictionary: Glossary of Horse-Racing Terms by Jacob Kanzen
•  Vocabula Revisited: Of Concordances, the Spider Guy, and Other Matters: A Rumination by Michael Berberich
•  Two Poems by Jaimee Hills
•  The Elder Statesman: Words That Need Rescuing by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: A Figment of Etymology by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Cliquez Ici by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: The Most Important Word in the Constitution by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 25: Passive Gas by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll



November 2009, Vol. 11, No. 11

•  Foxen in the Henhice by Richard Lederer
•  Strange Dis'eas'es' of the Literary Mind by Ira Nayman
•  Bill Safire's Usage Legacy by Mark Halpern
•  Culture and Society: Er, What "Main Street" Is That? by Arthur Plotnik
•  Book Excerpt: So You Think You Can Spell? by David Grambs and Ellen S. Levine
•  Book Review: Word for Word by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Vocabula Revisited: Academic Diction: An Avoidable Poverty by Will Hamlin
•  A Poem: Taphephobia by Francis Blessington
•  A Poem: Meditation on a Line from The 1001 Arabian Nights by Kevin Mims
•  The Elder Statesman: Memory Between the Covers by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Etymology of a Loaded Word: Celibate by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: A Student Writes by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: Mid the Canon's Roar by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 26: The Greengrocers Apostrophe's by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  On the Bookshelf
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


December 2009, Vol. 11, No. 12

•  Words as Keys to Locks by Skip Eisiminger
•  To Wit by Tina Bennett
•  A Punderful Christmas Game by Richard Lederer
•  Culture and Society: Military Robots and the Redefinition of "Autonomy" by Mark Halpern
•  Specialty Dictionary: Glossary of Detective-Story Slang by William Denton
•  Bad Language: Post-Modern Bull ... by S. Subramanian
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Gap That Shouldn't Be: Journalistic Writing Versus Academic Writing by Robert M. Knight
•  A Poem: the romance of my city by Derek Richards
•  A Poem: Mall of America, New Year's Eve by Maryann Corbett
•  The Elder Statesman: Anatomy of a Word (and an Obsession) by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Bastard! by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Dangerous Men by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: Criminal Slanguage by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 27: Comma Sense by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  Vocabula Poll



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