December 2008

Interview on “At Issue with Ben Merens” (Wisconsin Public Radio) about the top words of 2008. (Show page, streaming audio, download)

Colleen Mastony, “Blagojeviching“ (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 14, 2008)

Ben Zimmer, a lexicographer, said use of “Blagojeviched” is unlikely to spread beyond Illinois. “It’s simply too hard to say,” Zimmer said. In Chicago, however, we might just have a new term in our political vocabulary. One local blogger last week used the B-word three times in one sentence, writing: “I’m so blagojeviching blagojevich about Blagojevich.”

Read the rest here. (Related Word Routes column