August 2010

Interview on WCBS Newsradio on how “Jersey” became a nickname for New Jersey.

(Show page, streaming audio, related On Language column)

Interview on WCBS Newsradio on “Slaterisms” (neologisms based on JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater).

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

Interview on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” about “deploying the slide” and other expressions relating to JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater. (Aug. 13, 2010)

(Interview starts about 9 minutes into the audio clip.)

Ben Zimmer, “On Language” columnist for the New York Times, discusses the various phrases that have come into the lexicon as a result of flight attendant Steven Slater’s quitting-by-emergency-slide.

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

Johnson, the language blog of The Economist, on the new coinage, “Zimmering.”

GEOFF NUNBERG thinks he may have coined the word “logotariat” for people who write informally about language, and he’s probably right. He googled it when he wrote it and found no hits (and five years ago, the internet already had around 10 trillion words on it). He’s not certain, though—making certain would take “more intense Zimmering than I’m capable of”. He might have coined a second word there; “to Zimmer” would be to trace a word back to its earliest usages, antedating others’ claims of the first recorded usage, as Ben Zimmer (of the New York Times) expertly does.

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Interview on WCBS Newsradio about Jersey Shore expressions like “bennies” and “shoobies.”

(Show page, streaming audio, related On Language column)