Ben Zimmer

The Leonard Lopate Show

Bolster, Explicate and Amplify Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ben Zimmer quizzes us on what words mean and explains some of the most often misunderstood common words.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Language Columnist Ben Zimmer on "Bubble"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ben Zimmer, executive producer of and the Visual Thesaurus, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the use of the word “bubble” in the financial sense.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Linguistics, Forensics, and J. K. Rowling

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ben Zimmer talks about the surprising linguistic science behind the revelation that J.K. Rowling wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling under a pen name. Zimmer is the Wall Street Journal language columnist and executive producer of

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On The Media

Word Watch: Occupy

Friday, October 21, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread around the world, they have changed the meaning and usage of the word "Occupy." Ben Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and former "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, tracks how the word's meaning has shifted over just the last month.

Nicolas Jaar – "Problems with the Sun"

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