July 2010

Interview on WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” about Sarah Palin’s use of “refudiate,” and other invented words.

Ben Zimmer, the On Language columnist for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, discusses recent invented words: from Sarah Palin’s recent use of the word “refudiate,” to words like “ginormous,” which have become part of the popular lexicon.

(Show page, streaming audio, download, related Word Routes column)

Interview with Scott Slade on WSB Atlanta about judging the historical accuracy of the language of “Mad Men.”

(Streaming audio, related On Language column)

Interview on the WBUR show “Here and Now” about the language of “Mad Men.”

The Emmy Award-winning show, “Mad Men,” returns to AMC Sunday night. The show strives to perfectly capture the look, feel and attitudes of the 1960’s through the lives of executives at a Madison Avenue advertising agency. But strive as they may, the writers sometimes fall short when trying to get the language just right. Ben Zimmer, “On Language” columnist for the Sunday New York Times magazine looks at the linguistics of the series to see what expressions belong to the 60’s and which ones were born in, like, other decades. Watch Ben Zimmer’s compilation of Mad Men Anachronisms below.

(Show page, audio, related On Language column)

Interview on WCBS Newsradio about how well the writers of “Mad Men” capture the language of the 1960s.

Pat Farnack spoke LIVE with Ben Zimmer, who writes the “On Language” column for The New York Times.

(Streaming audio, download, related On Language column)

Interview on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” about the “old-timey diction” of Yankees announcer Bob Sheppard. (July 16, 2010)

Legendary announcer Bob Sheppard is being honored at Yankee Stadium today. We follow up on a particular quirk in his delivery. Ben Zimmer, writer of the “On Language” column in the NY Times Magazine, talks about Sheppard’s voice and why people spoke so differently way back when.

(Show page, streaming audio, download, related Word Routes column)