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Dip Your Card

Over at Visual Thesaurus, I have a column talking about how diphthong (or dipthong) has joined a family of dip-based insults, including dipstick, dipshit, and just plain dip. When I researched the column, I was surprised to learn that my imagined chronology for these insults was backwards. I first heard dipstick in the early 1980s, [...]
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Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (5 years ago)

In my latest Word Routes column on the Visual Thesaurus, I consider the enormous linguistic impact of an internal memorandum published at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on November 12, 1990. The memo, by Tim B... Read Post

On the Carpet

Academics / Linguistics : Literal Minded (4 years ago)

Over at Visual Thesaurus (behind a paywall), I have a column talking about the history of the idiom to call someone on the carpet. I’ve sometimes wondered why this expression says on the carpet instead of onto the carpet. Was there ... Read Post


Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (6 years ago)

From Ben Zimmer comes news of a neat offshoot of his Visual Thesaurus:When we launched the Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee this past summer, we knew there was a built-in interest, but the response was still surprising. So far there ha... Read Post

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