Ben Zimmer is the executive producer of and
the Visual Thesaurus, language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and
former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine.

The Wall Street Journal

Bootlegs From Smugglers to Superstars (Nov. 1, 2014)
A history prompted by Bob Dylan’s issue of ‘The Basement Tapes Complete.’

How ‘Genocide’ Was Coined (Oct. 25, 2014)
The word ‘genocide’ turns 70. Behind the word, the story of a lawyer’s crusade to prevent the crime.

Ebola Invokes Plague Term ‘Quarantine’ (Oct. 18, 2014)
The 40-day period that gave ‘quarantine’ its name may have had Biblical sources.

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Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast

LinguaFile IV: Where Did the Word Snark Come From? (Episode No. 45, Oct. 20, 2014)

LinguaFile III: Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit? (Episode No. 43, Sept. 23, 2014)

LinguaFile II: Can You Guess the Mystery Word? (Episode No. 41, Aug. 25, 2014)

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