Someday, someone will make a big-budget superhero movie with a sensitive, Zach Braff-esque soundtrack, where James Mercer or Ben Gibbard will sing in the background as a villain gets his head smashed into a wall. Until then, filmmakers will continue to hire the people who know how to do big, loud, and exciting music. Show More Summary
Via the New York Times: After a year dominated by upstart words like “selfie,” “bitcoin” and “twerk,” the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year for 2013 seems slightly banal: “because.” Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s...Show More Summary
Don't be thrown off by this PBS Off Book video's title — this isn't a diatribe about how language is devolving to make way for GIFs and chat speak. Linguist Ben Zimmer explores the history of emoticons and writing and how they might combine to create a more reflective representation of the human experience — like punctuation, but more poignant.
The Batman bin Suparman story, from Prof. Ben Zimmer (Slate‘s Lexicon Valley). [...] The post It’s Suparman! appeared first on The Volokh Conspiracy.
Ben Zimmer had an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) over the weekend on "intangibles." "The one thing that you can't fully measure is the intangibles Jonny Gomes brings," according to John Farrell.Show More Summary
What will it sound like as Ben Affleck punches Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman-Superman team-up/face-off movie? Don’t ask Hans Zimmer, as the composer hasn’t been asked to contribute to Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel … yet. Vulture ran a few quotes from an upcoming Zimmer profile they plan to run later this year. Show More Summary
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel may be moving faster than you thought: Even though the filmmaker only recently cast Ben Affleck as Batman and major production isn't supposed to get under way until the New Year, the movie is actually shooting some football-game scenes this weekend, suggesting that Snyder... More »
Composer Hans Zimmer discusses 'Batman vs. Superman', the challenge of a new Batman theme song and the casting of Ben Affleck. The post Hans Zimmer Talks ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Music & Ben Affleck Casting appeared first on Screen Ran...
Ben Zimmer is interviewed by The Chicago Manual of Style about "the transformation and technologization of language"; it starts off with this question:A favorite debate in the CMOS community is whether new word usages should be allowed, with classic examples of hopefully and literally. Show More Summary
I have a piece on Fresh Air today, behind the curve as usual, on the discussion that followed the Oxford Dictionary Online's inclusion of twerk, which Ben Zimmer covered in a post a couple of weeks ago ("Getting worked up over 'twerk'"). Actually I don't care much about twerk, whose coolness and credentials Ben defended definitively. [...]
Ben Zimmer provides some etymology: The British poet W.H. Auden didn’t think much of the first lunar landing, and he wrote a poem about it. Worth going to see? I can well believe it. Worth seeing? Mneh! I once rode through a desert and was not charmed: give me a watered lively garden, remote from […]
He will have to reinvent the Batman score if he agress to sign on, and comments on the casting of Ben Affleck. [...]
Hans Zimmer, the composer responsible for the awesome music we hear in the Dark Knight Trilogy, recently chimed in concerning Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman for the Man Of Steel 2 movie. Zimmer, who has been asked whether he will score the new Batman film, which has no name at this time and is just... Show More Summary
'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel' composer Han Zimmer talks about possibly returning to score the next Superman movie, which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman.
Ben Zimmer sent me a link to The Great Language Game, a creation of Lars Yencken, and as I told Ben, it is officially more fun than a barrel of monkeys. You hear an audio clip of a language being spoken, and you have to choose from a...Show More Summary
Ben Zimmer, X-iversaries everywhere: Ben Zimmer notices Chris Messina’s use of #hashtagiversary in a post about the use of -(i)versary as a free-floating language element: The second is from Chris Messina, a.k.a. the hashtag godfather,...Show More Summary
Ben Margot/APGeorge Zimmer (second from left), founder and executive chairman of Men's Wearhouse, is shown in this 1999 photo. The company said Wednesday that Zimmer had been fired. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO NEW YORK -- Men's Wearhouse has...Show More Summary
Ben Zimmer reports that the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year will test contestants' knowledge of definitions along with spelling; he quotes Paige Kimble as follows:By making definitions more central, Scripps is pushing back against perceptions that getting to the nationals involves nothing more than prodigious feats of word memorization. Show More Summary
Wow. Via Twitter, thanks to Jason Baldridge, retweeted by the one and only Ben Zimmer.
A Visual Thesaurus post by Ben Zimmer is an interesting exploration of the history of a great word, scalawag:My latest column for the Boston Globe tells how Nathaniel Sharpe, a 22-year-old amateur genealogist from a small town in North...Show More Summary