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Ben Zimmer

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Oops

Monday, June 28, 2010

Stories of unintended consequences -- from a psychologist who may have helped create a terrorist, to a toxic lake that spawned new life.

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What Should We Call the Oil Spill?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

For more than two months, we've tracked news and developments of the Gulf oil spill. But is it technically a "spill?" The broken pipe is spilling (or gushing, or spewing, or leaking) as many as 30,000 to 60,000 gallons of oil a day. Is it time for some new terminology? What would you call the oil spill, and why?

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Word Play

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Linguist, lexicographer and the new "On Language" columnist for the New York Times Magazine Ben Zimmer talks about the latest in language.

→ Contest! How can you use today's buzz phrase "Top Kill" in a sentence?

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Talking about Language

Friday, March 19, 2010

Linguist, lexicographer and the new "On Language" columnist for the New York Times Magazine, Ben Zimmer, talks about the latest in political language and about how he'll approach taking over for the late William Safire, the founder of the "On Language" column.

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On the March

Friday, March 19, 2010

The House is set to vote on health reform this weekend. New York Times columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins discuss the messy politics around the final push for this legislation. And, day laborers from New York are marching en masse to Washington D.C. Hear what they want from Congress. ...

To Boo or Not To Boo?

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Metropolitan Opera's production of La Sonnambula was booed recently by fans because of the postmodern staging by director Mary Zimmerman. Jessica Simpson was recently razzed for forgetting the lyrics to her songs. Today we ask whether booing is ever appropriate, and we find out about the origins of booing. ...

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To Boo or Not To Boo?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Metropolitan Opera's production of La Sonnambula was booed recently by fans because of the postmodern staging by director Mary Zimmerman. Jessica Simpson was recently razzed for forgetting the lyrics to her songs. Today we ask whether booing is ever appropriate, and we find out about the origins of booing. ...

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