December 2007

Interview on “At Issue with Ben Merens” (Wisconsin Public Radio) about the top words of 2007. (Show page, audio)

Publishers Weekly, Nonfiction Reviews, review of Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web, edited by Sarah Boxer. (12/17/2007)

Benjamin Zimmer’s “Language Log” reads like a wonderfully expansive and more self-aware William Safire column.

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Andrew Adam Newman, “How Dictionaries Define Publicity: The Word of the Year” (New York Times, Dec. 10, 2007)

When editors at the New Oxford American Dictionary recently announced that their word of the year was “locavore,” which means someone who eats locally grown food, they also became the very definition of publicity.

In the last few weeks Ben Zimmer, an Oxford University Press dictionary editor, appeared on numerous radio shows and on a syndicated public radio program to talk about the word contest. The selection of locavore also had 25 mentions in major newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post.

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