Language Articles and Reviews

My 2009 Humanities essay on Webster’s Third

A review essay I wrote for The New Atlantis about Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey

An interview with Edward L. Batistella about his book, Do You Make These Mistakes in English? The Story of Sherwin Cody’s Famous Language School

My essay on the American Heritage Dictionary and the spat between Steven Pinker and  Joan Acocella.

My article on nonstandard language in the Wall Street Journal.

My article for Grammar Girl on Philip Gove and  the slang label

Huffington Post slide show of most controversial terms from Webster’s Second and Webster’s Third

My blog article on space in the new Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged dictionary

On the writer’s use of a dictionary in the New York Times.

A 2003 article I wrote for The Weekly Standard blog about linguists and gender neutrality in example sentences.

My Weekly Standard article The Dictionary and Us discussing the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and my experience as a member.