The Conversation (KUOW), “Ben Zimmer On Strange Words In The News”

June 27, 2013

Interview on KUOW’s “The Conversation with Ross Reynolds” about Justice Scalia’s use of the word “argle-bargle” and mobspeak from the Whitey Bulger trial. (June 27, 2013)

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act was big news yesterday and the coverage and analysis continues today. Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the decision caught the eye of language lover and writer Ben Zimmer. On the 22nd page of his dissent Justice Scalia used the term argle-bargle. Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe, explains the strange word to Ross Reynolds.

(Show page, related Word Routes column)

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