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Author Essay Title Date
Carey Harrison News from the Trenches: An English Professor Speaks April 2005
Pamela Hewitt The Perils of Publish or Perish Jan. 2006
Mark Hochhauser On the Incomprehensibility of Privacy Notices Nov. 2002
Mark Hochhauser Behavioral Writing: From Gobbledygook to Plain English May 2003
Kerr Houston The Age of Exploration Nov. 2003
Kerr Houston Bowl and Blood: An Essay on What Hangs Above Us June 2004
Kerr Houston Breve New World: Thoughts on an Emergent Pidgin Jan. 2005
Kerr Houston Phony Histories: A Vindication of False Etymologies July 2005
Kerr Houston The Shades of Dante: Thoughts on Unstable Eponyms Sept. 2006
Kerr Houston The Shades of Dante: Thoughts on Unstable Eponyms Sept. 2006
David Isaacson Been There, Done That Oct. 2001
David Isaacson No Problem? Feb. 2002
David Isaacson Do You Know Where You're Coming From? July 2002
David Isaacson Like, He Said Nov. 2002
David Isaacson Kvetching About Literary Criticism Mar. 2003
David Isaacson Thoughts on "A society is generally as lax as its language" Mar. 2004
David Isaacson Code Switching Oct. 2004
David Isaacson Getting Nicked by Nicknames Sept. 2005
David Isaacson Drunk Words June 2006
Dawnelle Jager How to Rite for Righting Teachers May 2005
Pamela Jones Words That Stab Like a Sword July 2000
Konstantin Kakaes Rhetoric and Reality June 2002
Steven G. Kellman Ain't We Got Fun? Nov. 2003
Steven G. Kellman Two Incendiary Authors Dec. 2004
Joe Kelly Kabbala of the Spin Top Vehicle Oct. 2005
Frank Keyes Opposing Views on That and Which July 2003
Frank Keyes None Is or None Are? Oct. 2003
Frank Keyes On Some Deficiencies in Our American Dictionaries June 2005
Frank Keyes The Trouble with The Chicago Manual of Style (Why One Writer and One Editor Are on the Lam from the Chicago Mob) Feb. 2007
John Kilgore Why Teachers Can't Read Poetry Feb. 2003
John Kilgore Hamlet in the Closet Nov. 2003
John Kilgore Fooling the Gender Genie Jan. 2004
John Kilgore Love and Biology: A Valentine's Essay Feb. 2004
John Kilgore Of Babes and Babel May 2004
John Kilgore Marriage in Wonderland Sept. 2004
John Kilgore Comp 101 Oct. 2004
John Kilgore Translations from the British Nov. 2004
John Kilgore Frisking the Governor's Daughter: On Puns Jan. 2005
John Kilgore Little House in the Culture Wars April 2005
John Kilgore The Uses of Euphony July 2005
John Kilgore Crossing the Jordan: Four Meditations on Usage Sept. 2005
John Kilgore Four Meditations on Usage -- Part 3 Oct. 2005
John Kilgore Four Meditations on Usage -- Part 4 Nov. 2005
John Kilgore Dispatches from Pronoun Hell Jan. 2006
John Kilgore Humpty-Dumpty in Lake Woebegone: On Grades and Grade Inflation Feb. 2006
John Kilgore Expressive Solecism June 2006
John Kilgore Notes from the Department of Redundancy Department August 2006
John Kilgore The Gypsy Canon: Idioms and Catchphrases Nov. 2006
John Kilgore Zombie Metaphors Mar. 2007
John Kilgore Fiction: The Frog Princess April 2007
John Kilgore Shibboleths Aug. 2007
John Kilgore Zombie Metaphors Mar. 2007
John Kilgore In Praise of Inattention August 2007
John Kilgore War and Self-Deception Oct. 2007
John Kilgore Yuma Blues Feb. 2008
John Kilgore Shooting Stars Feb. 2008
John Kilgore Fiction: How to Approach a Man Mar. 2008
John Kilgore Fiction: How to Approach a Man May 2008
John Kilgore Eviction Notices Nov. 2008
John Kilgore Hamlet in the Closet Jan. 2009
John Kilgore Culture and Society: C'est Le Vol Feb. 2009
John Kilgore On Being a Jerk April 2009
John Kilgore Culture and Society: Michael Jackson and Mary Shelley Jan. 2010
John Kilgore Welcome to Country Music Feb. 2010
John Kilgore Notes on a Yellow Pickup Dec. 2010
John Kilgore Culture and Society: Notes from Planet America Jan. 2011
John Kilgore Culture and Society: Killing Tom Dooley Feb. 2011
John Kilgore Literally Hateful June 2011
John Kilgore Ambiguous "Comprise": Correspondence July 2011
John Kilgore Culture and Society: How to Argue in America: Notes for Reps, Guests, and Debaters Sept. 2011
John Kilgore Disagreeing to Agree Oct. 2011
John Kilgore Naked as a Buck Jan. 2012
John Kilgore On Hating College April 2012
John Kilgore Hoosiers, Freud, and Virginia Woolf June 2012
John Kilgore Ball Talk August 2012
John Kilgore Culture and Society: The Aurora Shootings: An Appreciation Sept. 2012
John Kilgore Of Human Binderage Oct. 2012
John Kilgore The Two Natures: A Sort of Philosophical Ramble, Complete with Apes, Medieval Sages, Gay Rights, Grammarians, False Teleology, Alexander Pope, and Blood-Drinking Martians: Parts 1 and 2 Dec. 2012
John Kilgore The Two Natures: A Sort of Philosophical Ramble, Complete with Apes, Medieval Sages, Gay Rights, Grammarians, False Teleology, Alexander Pope, and Blood-Drinking Martians: Parts 3 and 4 Jan. 2013
John Kilgore Peeves and Antipeeves May 2013
John Kilgore Daydream Believers Sept. 2013
John Kilgore Flipping a Coinage Nov. 2013
John Kilgore Homage to Salvatore Feb. 2014
John Kilgore Notes on the Secret History of English April 2014
John Kilgore Reparations: Don't Go There July 2014
Brian Kimberling Math and Meaning Dec. 2003
Joseph Kimble Book Excerpt: How to Write an Impeachment Order April 2006
Barbara Ann Kipfer Really Learning Your Word of the Day Dec. 2005
Jim Kittle Satire: Tool of the Surgeon Dec. 2003
Robert M. Knight The Gap That Shouldn't Be June 2004
Paula LaRocque A Few Guidelines to Good Writing Aug. 2003
Michael Larsen In Search of Your Book's Most Powerful Sales Tool: Your Title April 2004
Richard Lederer Stamp Out Fadspeak! Aug. 2000
Richard Lederer Politicians Incorrect Oct. 2000
Richard Lederer Four Cheers Five Victor Borge Feb. 2001
Richard Lederer Bush-Whacked Language Apr. 2001
Richard Lederer Words and People Aug. 2001
Richard Lederer Archie's Gone, But Not His Bunkerisms Dec. 2001
Richard Lederer Happy Palindromic New Year Jan. 2002
Richard Lederer Mark Twain and the English Language Apr. 2002
Richard Lederer Jest for the Pun of It Aug. 2002
Richard Lederer Playing with a Full Deck Oct. 2002
Richard Lederer A Teddy Bearish Centennial Nov. 2002
Richard Lederer The True Meanings of Christmas Dec. 2002
Richard Lederer A Noo-kyuh-lur Nonproliferation Treatise Jan. 2003
Richard Lederer The Okay Man Is Gone Feb. 2003
Richard Lederer Haunted Words Mar. 2003
Richard Lederer Words That Never Stray April 2003
Richard Lederer All-American Dialects May 2003
Richard Lederer A Declaration of Linguistic Independence July 2003
Richard Lederer Doing a Number on English Aug. 2003
Richard Lederer Weird and Wonderful Words Sept. 2003
Richard Lederer A Feast of Halloween Puns Oct. 2003
Richard Lederer The Greatest Dictionary Nov. 2003
Richard Lederer The Abdominal Snowman Dec. 2003
Richard Lederer Our Star-Struck Language Jan. 2004
Richard Lederer An Irish Bull Is Always Pregnant Mar. 2004
Richard Lederer English Is Everywhere April 2004
Richard Lederer Fairly Familiar Phrases May 2004
Richard Lederer Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire June 2004
Richard Lederer The Glamour of Grammar July 2004
Richard Lederer We Are All Language Inventors Aug. 2004
Richard Lederer A Primer of Political Etymology Sept. 2004
Richard Lederer Words About Our Presidents Oct. 2004
Richard Lederer Beautiful English Nov. 2004
Richard Lederer Inaugural Addresses: Omens of Things to Come Dec. 2004
Richard Lederer A Stylish Inauguration Speech Jan. 2005
Richard Lederer The Miracle of Language Feb. 2005
Richard Lederer Euphemisms: The Fig Leaves of Language Mar. 2005
Richard Lederer No Harmless Drudge: A Quatrimillennial Celebration April 2005
Richard Lederer A Guide to Teenspeak May 2005
Richard Lederer The Way We Word June 2005
Richard Lederer A Little Bit of Comma Sense July 2005
Richard Lederer Serving up a Tennis Slogan: Jest for the Pun of It Aug. 2005
Richard Lederer A Tense Time with Verbs Sept. 2005
Richard Lederer Halloween Word Prey in a Jugular Vein Oct. 2005
Richard Lederer Lost in Translation Nov. 2005
Richard Lederer Name That Christmas Carol Dec. 2005
Richard Lederer Putting on the Dog Feb. 2006
Richard Lederer Find the Hidden Dogs Mar. 2006
Richard Lederer On Palindromes April 2006
Richard Lederer Classic References May 2006
Richard Lederer Play Ball! June 2006
Richard Lederer Jose, Can You See? July 2006
Richard Lederer How I Write Aug. 2006
Richard Lederer Brave New Words Sept. 2006
Richard Lederer Word Frequency Lists Tell Us Who We Are Oct. 2006
Richard Lederer Sex and the Singular Pronoun Nov. 2006
Richard Lederer A Pun-thology of Holiday Songs Dec. 2006
Richard Lederer ... And a Happy New Year Jan. 2007
Richard Lederer Oys and Joys Feb. 2007
Richard Lederer When Irish Words Are Smiling Mar. 2007
Richard Lederer Plane Talk Apr. 2007
Richard Lederer Stuff and Nonsense Words Jan. 2015
Mary C. Legg The Art of Shoddy Writing: Anthony Tommasini's New York Times Music Reviews July 2003
Paul M. Levitt The University as a House of Argument Dec. 2006
Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Pullum Book Excerpt: Far from the Madding Gerund June 2006
Christopher Lord Writing: The Democratization of American Letters Nov. 2001
Christopher Lord Spelling Feb. 2002
Anna Jean Mallinson Small Talk Feb. 2005
Anna Jean Mallinson An The A Aug. 2005
Anna Jean Mallinson Three-in-One May 2006
Paul McFedries A Mosaic of New Words Mar. 2004
Robert McHenry Shoptalk Aug. 2002
Robert McHenry Rendering unto Caesar Even That Which Is Not His Nov. 2002
Robert McHenry Words and Powers Dec. 2002
Robert McHenry The Law of PeepeePoopoo April 2003
Robert McHenry Pornographorhea July 2003
Robert McHenry Knowing Words Sept. 2003
Greg McPeake Birdheart Jan. 2002
Peter Meltzer Book Excerpt: In Search of a Better Thesaurus Dec. 2005
Allan Metcalf The Myth of Gaps Oct. 2002
Bill Miles Killin' Me Softly with Your Verbs Nov. 2000
Kevin Mims Brother, Can You Spare a Question? Aug. 2005
Kevin Mims The Ultimate Legal Thriller Dec. 2005
Jeff Minick The Slog: Teaching the Essay to Secondary School Students Jan. 2015
John Mason Mings Mome Raths Outgrabe May 2005
Richard Mitchell Literary Classic: Why Good Grammar? Sept. 2002
Mark Morton Organ Solo: Masturbation Words Dec. 2003
Mark Morton Nibbles from Cupboard Love Nov. 2004
Ira Nayman The Perfect Word Is the One That Will Do July 2004
Johann Neem Bush's Postmodernism Nov. 2004
John W. Nelson Sayonara, Mr. Fowler: On the Use and Abuse of Foreign Words and Phrases Aug. 2003
Christopher Orlet The Last Words Mar. 2002
Alan Pagliere The Wrong-Headedness of Linguistic Self-Righteousness Dec. 1999
Mark Painter Life and Death Punctuation Mar. 2004
Mark Painter Fallout from the Battle of Hastings Aug. 2005
Mark Peters Can a Warlord Be a Dingbat? Aug. 2004
Mark Peters Campers, Mediums, and Pigs: A Look at the Word Happy Feb. 2005
Mark Peters The Ooohs and Ahs and Ooh-La-Las: A Look at Interjections June 2005
Mark Peters Kicked to the Verb Sept. 2005
Mark Peters A Dog's Breakfast of Canine Colloquialisms Feb. 2006
Paul Povse A Litter of Clichés Sept. 2003
Hugh Rank Literary Classic: Mr. Orwell, Mr. Schlesinger, and the Language Dec. 2006
Clifton Raphael Sound Off: Spell, Memory! Dec. 2003
Christopher D. Ringwald Bad Writing Kills July 2005
Christopher D. Ringwald Equal in Name and Fact July 2006
Aaron Rosenberg Collective Nouns May 2004
David Sacks Little Letters, Big Idea Sept. 2004
Habeeb Salloum Arabic Influences in the English Language Oct. 2000
Habeeb Salloum English Words of Arabic Origin June 2001
Habeeb Salloum The Odyssey of the Arabic Language Oct. 2001
Pamela Saur East Mount Olive Baptist Church Day Care Center and Other Problematic Compound Nouns Apr. 2007
Eric Scheske Read Free! Oct. 2003
Eric Scheske Grammar, Art, and the F-Word Feb. 2004
Fred R. Shapiro Book Excerpt: Words About Words from The Yale Book of Quotations Oct. 2006
Michael J. Sheehan Double Your Pleasure Nov. 2000
Michael J. Sheehan Future Imperfect Mar. 2001
Michael J. Sheehan Student Bloopers July 2001
Michael J. Sheehan Dum & Dummer Jan. 2002
Michael J. Sheehan Mach 1 May 2002
Michael J. Sheehan Nifty Neologisms Mar. 2003
Michael J. Sheehan Ollie, Ollie, -Ologist Nov. 2003
Michael J. Sheehan Twenty-Seven Feet of Measured Confusion Feb. 2004
Michael J. Sheehan Hue and Cry Sept. 2004
Michael J. Sheehan guardian | guidewords Mar. 2005
Michael J. Sheehan Squinting, Straddling, and Dangling July 2006
Rebecca Sheir The Good Word Jan. 2004
Tracy Lee Simmons Getting the Words Right Dec. 2000
Tracy Lee Simmons Writing Right July 2004
Tracy Lee Simmons Johnson's Canon: On the Trail of the Great Lexicographer Aug. 2006
John Worsley Simpson The Canadian Oxford Dictionary: Obtuse Indeed Nov. 2005
jjoan ttaber G E [Honk If You're Etruscan] Feb. 2005
Peter Trudgill Converse Terms, Polysemy, and Respect for Nonstandard Dialects June 2003
Bob Wakulich The Death Rattle of the Collective Noun Feb. 2003
Barbara Wallraff Getting the Answers You Want May 2004
David Wedge PETA Goes Wild Wants Dictionary to Jump Through Hoops July 2006
Richard Weiner Book Excerpt: The Skinny About Best Boys, Dollies, Green Rooms, Leads, and Other Media Lingo Nov. 2006
David R. Williams Snobs and Slobs Feb. 2001
David R. Williams Clichés May 2001
David R. Williams Empowering or Cowering Oct. 2001
David R. Williams Christian Dogs and Politicians Apr. 2002
David R. Williams The Prepositional Excremental Sept. 2002
David R. Williams Still Ignorant After All These Years April 2005
Abbas Zaidi An English-Language Speaker's Survival Guide in Pakistan July 2004
Abbas Zaidi Euphemisms: World as Text and Text as World Dec. 2004
Mark Zimmermann On the Comma's Cutting Edge Aug. 2003
Mark Zimmermann Since 2001, Nothing About "Us" Has Changed Feb. 2004
Paul Zolbrod Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: A Lost Legacy Dec. 2002

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