August 2009

Interview on “At Issue with Ben Merens” (Wisconsin Public Radio) about the 2009 words of the summer. (Show page, streaming audio, download)

Lane Brown, “Mad Men Ruined” (New York Magazine Vulture blog, Aug. 26, 2009)

Has Matthew Weiner just given up altogether? Lexicographer Ben Zimmer noticed yesterday that on Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, sitting on a shelf behind Sterling Cooper’s CFO Lane Pryce was the three-volume edition of The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which, as everyone knows, was first published in 1987 — 24 years after the show’s current season supposedly takes place.

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Thom Geier, “Spot the ‘Mad Men’ Anachronism! Or Just Look it Up,” (Entertainment Weekly Shelf Life blog, Aug. 26, 2009)

Fans of AMC’s Mad Men know that the set decorators are usually slavishly faithful to the look and style of the early ’60s. But Sunday’s episode contained a glaring (and uncharacteristic) anachronism, as my friend, the lexicographer Ben Zimmer, noted yesterday on his Word Routes blog.

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Conversation with Carl Zimmer for, “Science Saturday: The Words Edition.”

Interview on American Public Media’s “Future Tense” about how the verb “fail” is being transformed into a noun, an interjection, and even an adjective. (Show page, audio)

Featured on the NPR news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” in a limerick about ugly words. (Show page, audio)

On MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, named “the second-best person in the world” for debunking the myth of “Cronkiters.” (Video)

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Frazier Moore, “The Term ‘Cronkiter’ Faces Scrutiny, Debunking” (Associated Press, Aug. 5, 2009)

At the heart of the inquiry was Ben Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and editor of its online magazine, who wrote about “The Mystery of ‘Cronkiters.'”

Read the rest here (via MSNBC) or here (via ABC).