"Noah Webster Would Have Loved Urban Dictionary." What It Means to Be American (Smithsonian/Zocalo Public Square), online May 12, 2015.
Webster was so far ahead of his time on grammar and usage that style guides are only now starting to catch up.
"Top Ten Misused Words of the 1870s." Huffington Post, online May 21, 2015.
Modern usage mavens would recognize, and no doubt applaud, critic Richard Grant White's dire predictions about the English language, but they might be surprised by the words he condemned.
"The Secret of Abraham Lincoln's Success as a Writer?" Time.com, online February 19, 2015.
His enemies called him a slang-whanging stump speaker, but he knew his grammar inside-out.
"In Spite of Super PACs This Isn't the Most Negative Campaign in History." Christian Science Monitor, online February 2, 2012.
This year's seemingly nonstop negative political ads make it easy to believe that mudslinging is at an all-time high. The history of political campaigns, however, tells a different story.
"In English Please." Entrepreneur.com, online May 2001.
When you're getting ready to tackle that stack of paperwork, go for plain English—it saves time and money.
"Disappearing Languages." Whole Earth, Spring 2000.
As many as half the world's 6,000 or so languages could be extinct by 2050.
"Searching for the First Words." Verbatim, Early Winter 2003.
Have you ever wondered which language was current in the Garden of Eden? Historically, there have been plenty of candidates.