April 2010

Nicole LaPorte, “Hollywood Busts a Taboo” (The Daily Beast, Apr. 14, 2010)

The outrageous new film Kick-Ass ventures into uncharted four-letter-word territory, from the mouth of an 11-year-old girl—and it’s causing a stir.

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Interview on “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds (KUOW Seattle) about taking over the “On Language” column. (Apr. 8, 2010)

Ben Zimmer has taken over the William Safire’s ‘On Language’ column for The New York Times, making him one of the nation’s preeminent word mavens. Zimmer joins us to talk about his favorite and least favorite words and phrases in current use.

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