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Neal Whitman

Neal Whitman is a columnist for the online resource Visual Thesaurus, and an occasional guest writer for the podcast "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." He teaches ESL composition at The Ohio State University, and blogs at Literal-Minded, where he writes about linguistics from the point of view of a husband and father.

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A linguistic tour of the best libfixes, from -ana to -zilla

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A linguistic dissection of our affect/effect problem

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The humble spatula's linguistic origins

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The delights and frustrations of off-road grammar

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A handy guide to homophones, homonyms, and homographs

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From absentee-vote to zero-tolerate: 26 backformed compound verbs

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A brief history of the phrase 'talking filibuster'

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Rainbows and unicorns: A linguistic history

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The linguistic trick behind A Good Day to Die Hard

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