Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott appears in the following:

Those Men In Oregon: Troublemakers, Terrorists Or Something Else?

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fans and foes want the news media to label the armed individuals who are occupying part of a national wildlife refuge. NPR is trying to describe, rather than characterize. Here's our thinking.


Myanmar Is Also Known As Burma, But We Won't Keep Repeating That

Saturday, November 14, 2015

For years, it's been NPR's style to say that Myanmar is "also known as Burma" at the start of reports about that nation. We don't think that's necessary anymore.


Please Don't Have A Temper Tantrum About The Pleonasm In This Headline

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Does it grate on your ears if you're offered a "free gift?" Would you have a "sudden impulse" to correct that grammar? Pleonasms have unnecessary, superfluous words. Tell us about the ones you hear.


The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Here's how NPR thought through whether the gunshots that killed two TV journalists should be replayed on the radio and online.


3 Things To Know About NPR's Policy Regarding Offensive Language

Saturday, July 25, 2015

There are times when obscene words are heard, but they are rare. Editors balance respect for listeners against the news value of the language.


Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Along with the words and phrases that still ring out 239 years later are less noticed turns of phrase. They say a lot about the messages Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers wanted to send.


#NPRreads: Love, Coding, Yuccies, And The 'NPR Sound'

Friday, June 12, 2015

This week's selection of articles and essays covers comedian Aziz Ansari's new book about love, a new demographic term, a global gaming superstar, and more.


Here Are 100 'Eggcorns' That We Say Pass Mustard

Monday, June 01, 2015

Several thousand people sent NPR examples of their favorite eggcorns — words or phrases that are mistakenly used but still make some sense. We read them all and picked some of the best.


'Eggcorns': The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers

Saturday, May 30, 2015

An eggcorn is a word or phrase that isn't right, but makes some sense. It's among more than 1,700 words Merriam-Webster just added to its dictionary. What are your favorite eggcorns?


There's A Sad Reason 'Migrants,' Not 'Immigrants,' Is The Word Being Used

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hundreds of people died this month when an overloaded ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea. They were on the move, but never reached their destinations.


Germanwings Crash: 'Suicide' Doesn't Seem To Tell The Story

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Though investigators say it looks like the co-pilot deliberately brought down the jet, killing himself and 149 others, there are reasons not to use that word.


There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

Saturday, February 21, 2015

When NPR correspondents report about that group, they try to make it clear that it is not a "state" in the standard sense of that word. This month's "Word Matters" conversation explains why.


Why You're Not Seeing Those 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoons

Saturday, January 10, 2015

News organizations, including NPR, support the satirical magazine's right to be offensive. But mainstream news outlets also avoid publishing such material.


The 'NPR Grammar Hall Of Shame' Opens With 'I' And 'Me'

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NPR's audience submitted more than 270 nominees for "most misused word or phrase." No. 1: Using "me" when it should be "I," or "I" when it should be "me." Can you use them correctly? Try our quiz.

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'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate

Saturday, December 06, 2014

It's a divisive topic. Were you taught that it should be "10 items or fewer?" That would make "10 items or less" a glaring grammatical error.

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Words Matter, So Here's 'Word Matters'

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott about the language NPR uses and why.

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Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks

Friday, April 25, 2014

As he prepares to take on a new role at NPR after nearly five years with The Two-Way, Mark Memmott wants to say, "See you later."


New Manchester United Skipper Vows To Make Fans Smile Again

Friday, April 25, 2014

David Moyes lasted less than a season as manager of the English football (soccer) club. Longtime star player Ryan Giggs is filling in and says this is "the proudest moment" of his life.


Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult

Friday, April 25, 2014

Authorities say divers are finding it harder and harder to get into places where passengers' bodies are still trapped. On Friday, 185 deaths had been confirmed. Another 117 people remained missing.


Imitation Or Celebration? The Joy Of Dancing In The Streets

Friday, April 25, 2014

Striking similarities between Pharrell's "24 Hours of Happy" and an indie film also featuring dance have people talking. Alva Noë says the thing that connects the two is how we all move to music.