In "Larkin v. the Gray Lady," Mark Liberman credits a Language Log reader with pointing out that "the NYT printed asshole for the first time a couple of weeks ago" ("Race, Tragedy and Outrage Collide After a Shot in Florida", 4/1/2012): Mr. Zimmerman told the dispatcher that this “suspicious guy” was in his late teens, with something [...]
I've never watched Doctor Who, though it seems like something I would have enjoyed had I grown up with it; this comment by Ray Girvan (on Mark Liberman's Log post about the show) makes me feel that even more strongly:I particularly liked...Show More Summary
The so-called sports subjunctive has been in the news, and was discussed in this post by Mark Liberman. Mark is absolutely right in his interpretation of the crucial example under discussion (Judge Martin did not claim to be a Muslim, he used a colloquial counterfactual conditional with the meaning "if I were a Muslim"); [...]
Photo 1: At AQ,the new restaurant on Mission between 6th and 7th streets, the very talented chef/owner Mark Liberman offers agnolotti stuffed with wild greens and surrounded by a sauce flavored with preserved lemon and walnuts with oysters, shrimp, chunks of lobster and mussels. It’s a great deal for $14. #2: Mark Liberman also knows [...]
`tis the season to announce seasonal schools. Geoff Pullum announced a short course on grammar for language technologists as part of a winter school in Tarragona next month, and Mark Liberman announced a call for course proposals for the LSA's Linguistic Institute in summer 2013. But what if you can't make it to Tarragona next month, and [...]
Thanks to this Log post by Mark Liberman, I've been introduced to Samosapedia, "The definitive guide to South Asian lingo." Today's Word of the Day is home-ministry, "The domain of a wife. A quaint and old-fashioned euphemism, much favoured...Show More Summary
OVER at Language Log, a reader catches a Daily Mail writer saying that the Gobeki Temple, built around 11,000 years ago, "was put up long before humans mastered language". Mark Liberman replies, surely correctly, that the reporter is simply substituting "writing" for "language" mentally. Show More Summary
Mark Liberman excoriates the press for believing some guy who purports to know that Herman Cain is not lying.
Telegraph | Language Log Actor Ralph Fiennes complained recently that the English language “is being eroded” and blamed “a world of truncated sentences, soundbites and Twitter.” Et tu, Ralphie? In response, Mark Liberman — a linguistics professor… Read more
Mark Liberman pitch-tracked the president's weekly addresses: FDR had his weekly "Fireside chats", and in 1982 Ronald Reagan began the modern tradition of weekly presidential addresses, which U.S. presidents since then have maintained. I don't think that very many people...
Ben Zimmer has done an exemplary bit of research and reported on it at the Log:Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of newspaper...Show More Summary
Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of newspaper databases had turned up "putting the fun in fundamentals" from November 1912, and it turns out that the fall of 1912 was when the snowclone snowballed. It's [...]
Last month ("Xtreme Isisism", 8/13/11), Mark Liberman analyzed a TED talk by Kevin Slavin, a speaker who is particularly prone to copula-doubling ("the point IS IS that…", "the reality IS IS that…", etc.). Slavin even produced an impressive case of copula-tripling: "and the thing IS IS IS that this isn't Google." The triple IS is [...]
There's an unusual event this week: Mark Liberman and I will both be present at the same conference, the annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain at the University of Manchester (UK, not NH). We plan to have a session (1pm to 2pm on Thursday 8 September) devoted to Language Log and [...]
by Zoë Pollock Mark Liberman examines the Perry lilt and his generous use of "if you will."
So says Mark Liberman.
If I ever knew, I had forgotten that impregnable "is actually a Middle English malapropism for imprenable," as Mark Liberman explains in this Log post, quoting the OED:Etymology: Corrupted I should mention that I am experiencing severe...Show More Summary
In my last post, I refrained from saying much about the BBC Magazine piece by Matthew Engel on 'Why do some Americanisms annoy people?', pointing readers instead to Mark Liberman/Language Log 's analysis of the so-called Americanisms that annoy at least Matthew Engel. Show More Summary
THE BBC, following up on an apparently successful column, asked readers to send in their least favourite Americanisms. Mark Liberman noted that of five "Americanisms" cited in the original column's first paragraph, four were of British origin. Show More Summary
Mark Liberman at Language Log has saved you from the rant that this weekend's post was to be. Oh, thank you, Mark! His post from earlier today does what needed to be done about journalist Matthew Engel's BBC piece "Why do some Americanisms...Show More Summary