Clips

Lewis and Clark
How Lewis and Clark Helped Shape American English

Atlas Obscura, online February 8, 2018.
President Jefferson told Lewis and Clark to record every object in their surroundings "worthy of notice." That meant creating a host of new and repurposed words.

Noah Webster
Trial by Stagecoach

American History, December 2017.
Noah Webster's 1785 book tour was likely the first-ever in the United States. It was a challenging exercise in survival.

1870s Words
Top Ten Misused Words of the 1870s

Huffington Post, online May 21, 2015.
Modern usage mavens would no doubt agree with critic Richard Grant White's dire predictions about the English language, but they might be surprised by the words he condemned.

Abraham Lincoln
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.

Plain Language
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.

Endangered Languages
Disappearning Languages

Whole Earth, Spring 2000.
As many as half the world's 6,000 or so languages could be extinct by 2050.