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James Harbeck

James Harbeck is a professional word taster and sentence sommelier (an editor trained in linguistics). He is the author of the blog Sesquiotica and the book Songs of Love and Grammar.

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In defense of 'anyways'

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It's all right to spell it 'alright'

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Why it's difficult to tell a Californian accent from a Canadian one

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Don't buy into nonsensical etymologies of the F-word

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How did 'expletive,' 'explicit,' and 'exploit' become such sleazy words?

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Everything you wanted to know about danglers but were too afraid to ask

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Four annoying sounds you need to stop making

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Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice?

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Hey, grammar nerds! Stop freaking out about 'alot.'

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'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase

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'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase

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5 words that are badly broken

World

The curious linguistic history of pineapples and butterflies

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10 words that are badly broken

Lifestyle

How to be a champagne snob

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How advertisers trick your brain by turning adjectives into nouns

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The Netherlands, Holland, and the Dutch: Why some countries have so many different names

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There's a number of reasons the grammar of this headline could infuriate you

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The fascinating linguistic legacy of the Crimean War

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How to read your shampoo bottle

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Why is the 'mor' in 'Voldemort' so evil-sounding?

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How and when to use 'whom' instead of 'who'

Sports

Peculiar figure skating terms: Explained

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Aunt, adult, pajamas: Why can't we agree how to pronounce common words?

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17 disgusting descriptions for delicious wines

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