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.
How 'thoughts and prayers' became the stock phrase of tragedies
11 band names that don't mean what you think they do
A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH
Impress your fellow Americans with the patriotic etymologies of these July 4 words
A phonological description of beatbox noises
15 English words you probably didn't know came from Hebrew and Yiddish
15 English words we stole from Arabic
Why it's difficult to tell a Canadian accent from a Californian one
11 words whose meanings have completely changed over time
How do you pronounce 'in excelsis'?