Freed from his day job, the anxiety-plagued supercritic George Scialabba begins his next chapter.
Incivility is the only civilized response to barbarity.
He’s teaching superforecasters to predict the future. Crazy, right? Except when it works.
The metaphor is provocative but misleading.
A professor shares his anxious past to make troubled students feel less alone.
American 19th-century missionaries to the Middle East came home with a complicated view of Islam.
Allan Metcalf celebrates the fourth anniversary of this blog with a look at the meaning of its name.
Geoff Pullum thinks the appallingly dumb behavior of the machines that currently talk to us does not bode well for the future of intelligent devices.
Human interaction and sustained introspection? There are no apps for those.
Why not just say decrease? Lucy Ferriss, answering a discomfited reader, explains why a plethora of synonyms makes English so rich.
Allan Metcalf pontificates about papa and pope and, of course, pontificate.
Anne Curzan contemplates the fate of a usage rule that even passionate language enthusiasts generally don't seem to know anymore.
In a world of perpetual material insecurity, the humanities really are a luxury.
What would it take to bring civility to the web?
Primo Levi’s voice of compassionate reason is an antitoxin to our age of bluster and bilge.
History and historians are taken for granted. But if they have no future, you have no past.
How has the “war on terror” affected the millennial mind-set?
Ilan Stavans is a champion of, and has benefited from, efforts to promote diversity. But he has a problem with the word.
Ben Yagoda grew up in New York and never knew from punkin. How would you say the name of a large orange fruit plentiful at this time of year?
Are you faculty or a faculty member? Bill Germano looks for the individual in our campus collective nouns.
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