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  1. Embracing the Absurd

    At Croissants & Conjugations, Jessica Journey refines her French speaking skills: “Sometimes, even now, a notable language mistake or inability to communicate will make me feel like a child. But maybe that’s not so bad. Babies have a big, beautiful world in front of them, full of unknowns, ripe for the exploring.”

    Culture
  2. On Descriptive Grammar and Banal Bigotry

    In a provocative post, Dustin Atlas says everyone should join the grammar police: “Giving up on proper grammar is fine. Giving up on better grammar — which requires correcting each other — is not.”

    Commentary
  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. 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
  5. What the $@#%: Two Editors on Blogging About Swearing

    At Strong Language, editors Stan Carey and James Harbeck blog about swearing.

    Interviews
    Images by James Harbeck
  6. Mother Tongues

    Ellen Rykers explores linguistics, anthropology, and biology, with an emphasis on Earth’s disappearing languages. She writes about language and science in an engaging way, and includes fun drawings in her posts.

    Language
  7. Sentence First

    Stan Carey, based in the west of Ireland, blogs about the English language in an engaging, accessible way. Sentence First is his popular blog on linguistics, words, grammar, and more.

    Language
  8. Sesquiotica

    “Words are delicious and intoxicating,” writes James Harbeck of his blog, Sesquiotica. “So why not taste them like a fine wine?” He focuses on language and linguistics, and compiles a category called Word Tasting Notes, in which he explores his aesthetic appreciation of words.

    Language
  9. Language: A Feminist Guide

    Author and academic Debbie Cameron blogs about the English language, debunks common myths, and explores linguistic issues that are of interest to contemporary feminists. She’s the author of The Myth of Mars and Venus and editor at Trouble & Strife.

    Culture
  10. Not One-Off Britishisms

    Author, journalism professor, and language lover Ben Yagoda digs deep into the creeping (and often entertaining) presence of British expressions and usage in American English.

    Commentary
  11. Mashed Radish

    John Kelly at Mashed Radish is obsessed with English etymology. Each week, he selects words, often based on current news and events, and explores their roots.

    Language
  12. This Is Literally My First Post in Years

    The blogger at Linguischtick on “literally”: “People who use ‘literally’ in the new, non-literal sense, are accused of mangling or corrupting the English language, or they are simply called idiots.”

    Language
  13. Strong Language

    Strong Language — a blog about swearing — is for linguists, lexicographers, and word nerds who like vulgarities. Founded by editors James Harbeck (Sesquiotica) and Stan Carey (Sentence First), the blog offers a space for language geeks to talk about things they can’t talk about in more polite contexts.

    Language
  14. Mapping the United Swears of America

    Swearing varies from place to place, even within the same country. Stan Carey at Strong Language maps the United States’ usage of swear words, from damn to douche to more colorful terms.

    Data
  15. On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

    Popular culture, statistics, and social science intersect in data scientist Burr Settles’ discussion of “geek” versus “nerd.” From analyzing Twitter data and PMI statistics, he explains how these two terms — often viewed as synonyms — are different.

    Data