Browsing Month June, 2006

Today’s Word: Batrachomyomachy

Several of you have asked about that word I mentioned during my appearance the other day on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” The word is batrachomyomachy (BAT-truh-koh-my-AHM-uh-kee), and it means “battle between frogs and mice.” Now, why, you may ask, should there be a need for such a word? It’s a reference to Batrachomyomachia, an more…

Moi on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”

Had a blast on TOTN yesterday along with the lovely and talented Grant Barrett and Geoff Pullum of Language Log. The topic was ostensibly “how the Web has changed the way people research words,” but we had some great callers, and the show went off in lots of interesting directions. It’s worth a listen: Audio more…

Geek Love!

OMG, how sweet is this article in the Vows column of today’s New York Times? It’s about one of our radio show’s own Quizzicists, Greg Pliska, and his new wife, Jessica. They met at (where else?) the National Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Check out the video of Greg and Jessica on that page, and tell me more…

WWLD? 2

Another article about Far from the Madding Gerund , this one in The New York Times.

WWLD?

An instructive piece by the Boston Globe’s Jan Freeman about what linguists actually do. It’s based on the new book, Far from the Madding Gerund, a collection of linguists’ writings on the lively blog, Language Log.

Back in the Cybersaddle

Okay, so I’ve given in at last to the haranguing of all the glassy-eyed Macolytes in my life, and have finally come over to The Light Side. That’s right: From now on, I’ll be posting from my new MacBook. Still learning my way around the thing, and feeling like an old dog struggling to learn more…