Language Filter
  1. Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

    In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.

    Authors
  2. CMOS Shop Talk

    At the Shop Talk blog, the editors and staff of the Chicago Manual of Style bring clarity, education, and amusement to anyone who works with words.

    Education
  3. George Lakoff

    The blog of George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and author of the influential book on how language influences public policy, Don’t Think of an Elephant.

    Culture
    By Benh Lieu Song (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  4. Proof Perfectly

    Language lovers, rejoice — Proof Perfectly, the personal site of proofreader Sara, features posts on writing, grammar, and the art of editing.

    Language
  5. Brian est dans le cuisine.

    “Brian is in the kitchen.” But who is Brian, and why is he always in the kitchen? A funny take on a classic language-learning phrase.

    Humor
  6. Two Erasure Poems by Amanda Oaks

    “with eyes / so soft & / wandering / my claws / spill / wicked words.” (From an erasure poem by Amanda Oaks.)

    Art
  7. An Etymology Goes “Rogue”

    Follow along as John Kelly examines the etymology of the word “rogue,” in honor of the release of the new Star Wars film, Rogue One.

    Film
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  8. Adventures in Immersion

    On learning to speak French: “When you hear that sweet wobbly French from a tentative little face, the joy is nothing you have to manufacture. They understand! And they are understood. And that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to share with someone.”

    Language
  9. Once upon a time, public profanity was a rarity, but that’s long behind us.

    Current Events
  10. Brood: A Video Word Review

    “Brood” gets a ten out of ten from James Harbeck in this video word review. “Brooding is the yeast in the bread of discontent.”

    Language
    Video by James Harbeck
  11. The Place Where My Spirit Breathes

    “Don’t bother writing the words down. Just listen. You’ll remember.” Joi Arcand reflects on learning Cree.

    Culture
  12. On Similes and Empanadas

    Pastry chef and food writer Frances Leech reflects on learning, muscle memory, and the practical poetry of recipe language.

    Cooking
  13. My Mystery Malady

    Ruth at Talk Foreign to Me moved to Dakar to work and become proficient in French. In these personal musings, she comes down with a mystery fever and navigates the Senegalese medical system in French.

    Language
  14. About Words

    At About Words, the official Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog, language lovers can find posts on new words, etymologies of trending buzzwords, and discussions of grammar and slang.

    Education
  15. Native: An Interview with Arab-Israeli Author Sayed Kashua

    At REORIENT, Sarah Aziza engages Sayed Kashua in a wide-ranging conversation on identity, exile, and being an Arab author writing in Hebrew.

    Authors