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January 2010, Vol. 12, No. 1

•  Book Review: To Know and Distinguish by Mark Halpern
•  Bog This! — A Misadventure in Etymology by Bonnie Furlong
•  It's About Time by Richard Lederer
•  Culture and Society: Michael Jackson and Mary Shelley by John Kilgore
•  When Writers Become Red by Paul Weidknecht
•  Vocabula Revisited: Gin, Anyone? Or, How Did Gynecology Become a Guy Thing? by Henry Ansgar Kelly
•  Fiction: Dear Jean by Katherine Mullis
•  The Elder Statesman: Some Tools of Our Trade by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Postcards from Babel: tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh'a'? (Do You Speak Klingon?) by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Obscure Verbs of Leaping by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Todo es Nada by Carey Harrison
•  Letter of the Law: Is Washington Filibusted? by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 28: Typoglycemia by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


February 2010, Vol. 12, No. 2

•  "It's My Centennial!" said Tom Swiftly by Richard Lederer
•  Lost Qualifiers by David Galif
•  "May I Quote You?" On Compiling a Book of Quotations by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Singin' the "We" Blues by Heidi Huse
•  The Blind Review: A Literary Breakthrough by Mark Halpern
•  Life Tales: Bumbling into Bliss: My Life as a Teacher by Jeff Minick
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Last Words by Christopher Orlet
•  Two Poems: On Winter Afternoons by Kathleen Goldbach
•  Shibboleths: Welcome to Country Music by John Kilgore
•  Bethumped with Words: Schiaparelli: A Renowned Coutourière’s Italian Surname Traced to Its Origins by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Nation Out to Lunch by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Letters to Rudi Todo es Nada by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Boilerplate Special by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 29: The Essence of S by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


March 2010, Vol. 12, No. 3

•  Language, Money, and the Modern University by Will Hamlin
•  "I Love Verb-al Games," Tom Croaked by Richard Lederer
•  If Moses Were on Twitter (or, Thou Shalt Twitter!) by Judy Gruen
•  Issue by Julian Burnside
•  Book Review: Jack Lynch, The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park by Mark Halpern
•  Specialty Dictionary: Glossary of Jazz Slang by Michael Ricci
•  Ain't: It Just Ain't What It Used to Be by Linda Eve Diamond
•  Vocabula Revisited: Choice Words by Ken Bresler
•  The Elder Statesman: The Perfect Mess by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Hat Trick by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Reflections on the Death of Learning by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Roosters: Encounters with Barry Hannah and Horton Foote by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Cents and Sensibility by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 30: Treasures of Speech by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll


April 2010, Vol. 12, No. 4

•  Apostrophe Epiphany by Mikita Brottman
•  The Word Magic of Lewis Carroll by Richard Lederer
•  The Vocabulary of Ancient Greek Tragedy in Modern English by Francis Blessington
•  Book Excerpt: The Eternal Cliché by Robert M. Knight
•  The Murdochization of News by Mark P. Painter
•  Vocabula Revisited: Knowing Words by Robert McHenry
•  Two Poems: Sometimes It Is Enough Merely To Breathe by Jeff Minick
•  Fiction: 768 Words by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick
•  The Elder Statesman: Me and Mr. Junkhead by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: It's Wrong, Deer. Quite Wrong! by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Name That Tree by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Bound for the Orient by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Taxonomy and Spend by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 31: Personificatering by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll
•  Newly Coined Words


May 2010, Vol. 12, No. 5

•  Crying Over Split Milk by Joseph Epstein
•  The Hyena's Share by Skip Eisiminger
•  The English Language Is Going Great Guns by Richard Lederer
•  Culture and Society: The Resiliency Gene by Ellen Graf
•  Puzzled? by Donna Gorrell
•  Homophonic Embarrassments That May Result from Relying on Spell Check by Pat Gallant
•  Vocabula Revisited: Hyphenology, or The Missing Link by Darren Crovitz
•  A Poem: Science Museum: Flood Season by Maryann Corbett
•  The Elder Statesman: A Different Sort of Scholarship by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Critical Reader: An Appreciation: G. J. Toomer, John Selden: A Life in Scholarship by Mark Halpern
•  Bethumped with Words: St. John's Wort: Its Benefits Both Mystical and Medical by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Corporate Woods by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Read Any Good Maps Lately? by Kevin Mims
•  Letter of the Law: Well, I'll Be Hanged by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 32: Cross Words: The 120 Years War by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll
•  Newly Coined Words


June 2010, Vol. 12, No. 6

•  Confessions of a Blooper Snooper by Richard Lederer
•  Dorothy Parker and Clapping by Richard Carter
•  Language Craven: A Definition by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Stop Writing Press Releases: Start Writing News Releases by Philip Yaffee
•  Specialty Dictionary: Glossary of Phobias by Fredd Culbertson
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Analysis of Meaning by Barbara Ann Kipfer
•  A Poem: For H.D.T. by Keith Gogan
•  A Poem: Deluxe Starter Kit by Eileen Hennessy
•  The Elder Statesman: In the Classroom of the Gods by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Frog! The Origin of a Racist Insult by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: It's Out There by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The Chatterlings in Wordland by Kevin Mims
•  Language Module 33: Abecedarianism by Roger Rondeau
•  Poem of the Month: I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll
•  Newly Coined Words


July 2010, Vol. 12, No. 7

•  Perspiring over Expiry by Sarabjeet Garcha
•  Don't Be Afraid of the Passive Voice by Janet Byron Anderson
•  Folkwear by David Galef
•  The Bard According to Student Bloopers by Richard Lederer
•  Book Review: It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Vocabula Revisited: How Grammaticality Eludes: The Relationship Between Nonstandard and Evolving Language by Donald L. Dyer
•  A Poem: En(cry)ption by Christy Ferrato
•  A Poem: Pietà by David Radavich
•  The Elder Statesman: Sex Talk: A Study in Gender Differentiation by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Potty-Mouth: Clean Thoughts on a "Dirty" Synonym by Bill Casselman
•  The Sophie Stories by Kevin Mims
•  Language Module 34: Mnemonics by Roger Rondeau
•  Poem of the Month: The Tower
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll
•  Newly Coined Words


August 2010, Vol. 12, No. 8

•  Back in What Day? by Lee Dembart
•  Satiated Shakespeare by Larry Lefkowitz
•  Culture and Society: Defending Bluebeard, Scotching the Serpent: Fixing the Sexual Problems of the Half-Human Race by Mark Halpern
•  What Do Spelling Lessons, Productive Dialogue, Civil Debate, and Etiquette All Have in Common? by Linda Eve Diamond
•  Ten Annoying Mistakes in Punctuation That People Make by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Specialty Dictionary: Glossary of Wine Terms
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Like Virus by David Grambs
•  The Elder Statesman: Constable and the Limits of Expression by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Chode/Chod: A Newish Dirty Word by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Shakespeare Farewell, Once More by Carey Harrison
•  Language Module 35: The Wook Store by Roger Rondeau
•  Poem of the Month: Inversnaid
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  TVR Poll
•  Newly Coined Words


September 2010, Vol. 12, No. 9

•  Strunk vs. White: An Analysis of Authorship by David Russinoff
•  A Mark Twain Centennial by Richard Lederer
•  Keats in the Classroom Then and Now: Teaching Literature in the Autumn of a Long Career by Paul Zolbrod
•  A Mighty Impact by Maurice Posada
•  Remarks About the "Usage Notes" in the New Oxford American Dictionary by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  The 2010 Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest Winners
•  Vocabula Revisited: Duty, Honor, Country by Verónica Albin
•  A Poem: The Raven by Barbara Rockman
•  A Poem: Villanelle: For a Childhood Friend by Emily McKeage
•  The Elder Statesman: The Oracle of Eros by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Postcards from Babel: The Stuff of Thought by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Circus: The Origin of the Word by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: The Mole in the Earthquake by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: A Secret About Love by Kevin Mims
•  Language Module 36: A Parodic Table of Lexical Elements by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Poem of the Month: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  Newly Coined Words


October 2010, Vol. 12, No. 10

•  That and Which: Muddle or Complexity? by Alex Segal
•  A Language Reporter at Large by Richard Lederer
•  Purism Versus Corruption and Other Linguistic Battles by Pamela Sewell Saur
•  The Queen's English by Paula Marantz Cohen
•  Culture and Society: An Open Letter to Christopher Hitchens by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Book Excerpt: The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
•  Vocabula Revisited: Why Linguists Are Not to Be Trusted on Language Usage by Mark Halpern
•  A Poem by Joaquin Carvel
•  A Poem by Laura Cherry
•  Bethumped with Words: Windigo: Cannibal Fiend of the North Woods by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Farv and Murv by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The Language and Literature of the Hebrides by Kevin Mims
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Poem of the Month: I Am!
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  Newly Coined Words



November 2010, Vol. 12, No. 11

•  Does the Workshop Work? (Or How Much Work Could a Workshop Work if a Workshop Workshopped Work?) by Clay Reynolds
•  American History According to Student Bloopers by Richard Lederer
•  Language and Representation or, More Modestly, Mathematical Economics and Poverty by S. Subramanian
•  Regency Slang or What Do You Do After Reading Jane Austen? by Susan Lear Weisgrau
•  Editing for Guccione, RIP by Marion D.S. Dreyfus
•  Culture and Society: Please Stop Understanding by Mark Halpern
•  Vocabula Revisited: Frisking the Governor's Daughter: On Puns by John Kilgore
•  The Elder Statesman: Human Nature and Books by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Bethumped with Words: Horse Sense by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Swell, Buster! by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: In the Realms of the Insolvent: A Booklover Falls on Hard Times by Kevin Mims
•  Knight on the Journalistic Style: How to Ensure No One Will Read Your Words: Why We Need Action Verbs and the Energy They Inject by Robert Knight
•  Language Module 37: French Bonapropisms by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Poem of the Month: Funeral Blues
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  Newly Coined Words


December 2010, Vol. 12, No. 12

•  Sleeping Dogs by Edwin Battistella
•  Call It As It Is by Katharine Merow
•  Good Grief! by Richard Lederer
•  The Problem with Both by Lee Dembart
•  Language Classic: The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Look-At-Me Generation by Christopher Orlet
•  The Elder Statesman: Oscillating Words and Wandering Wombs by Clark Elder Morrow
•  Shibboleths: Notes on a Yellow Pickup by John Kilgore
•  Postcards from Babel: Please Don't Say What You Mean by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Herb as Word by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: It's Not That Big of a Deal by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: A Glutton for Publishment: A Defense of Underachievers, Middle-Aged Wannabes, and Loudon Wainwright Jr. by Kevin Mims
•  Knight on the Journalistic Style: The Well-Crafted Intro by Robert Knight
•  Language Module 38: Arrowdynamics by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  On Dimwitticisms
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Poem of the Month: Daddy
•  Gotcha Grammar
•  Newly Coined Words



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