The Takeaway

How's Your English? Celebrating Grammatical Sins

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ammon Shea's new book, "Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation," is a celebration of grammatical sins of sorts. He says that new words, with new meanings and new rules of grammar, are all just signs of a healthy thriving language.

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The Takeaway

Why Slang Is Good For You

Friday, October 26, 2012

Michael Adams is an associate Professor of English at Indiana University who studies one important intersection of language and identity: slang. He says slang keeps us sharp — and that there is creative value in the creation of new language among different social groups.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ben Zimmer: YOLO

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe and executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and, talks about the YOLO phenomenon and other new examples of youth slang. He wrote about it in his Boston Globe column.

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Listen to Lucy

Good year for management guff

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Good year for management guff