September 2009

Eric Zorn, “Excuse Our Bad French” (Chicago Tribune, Sep. 29, 2009)

Ben Zimmer, executive producer of, said word mavens call these terms “minced oaths.” They fall into two categories, he said: “Alterations, where the euphemized version has a close phonetic similarity to the original curse word, and substitutions, where there is more of a decoupling.”

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Simon Vozick-Levinson, “Beatles Dictionary: What Does ‘Goo Goo G’joob’ Mean, Anyway?” (Entertainment Weekly Music Mix blog, Sep. 9, 2009)

The fearless lexicographers at the Visual Thesaurus, however, have refused to settle for that answer, instead launching a formal investigation into the etymological origins of the phrase “goo goo g’joob.”

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Mentioned on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” about the political history of the word czar. (Video)

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NFL Films Presents, “Hut!”

September 8, 2009

Interview on “NFL Films Presents” about the history of the quarterback’s interjection, “Hut!” (Video)