Ben Zimmer is the executive producer of Vocabulary.com 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
How Goldilocks Moved to Space and the World of Economists (Nov. 16, 2013)
The story is ‘just right’ for astronomers judging the habitability of other planets.
The Terrible Track Record of Negotiated ‘Grand Bargains’ (Nov. 9, 2013)
A phrase that gained currency during the Cold War has been revived for budget negotiations—to the usual lack of success. (free via G+)
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Slate / Lexicon Valley
No, a Drunken Australian Man Did Not Coin the Word Selfie (Nov. 22, 2013)
Google’s Ngram Viewer Goes Wild (Oct. 17, 2013)
With the addition of wildcard search-term capabilities, Google’s fabulous language-analysis tool gets even more powerful.