Don’t Mess With the New Oxford American Dictionary

In the cut-throat world of lexicography… Wait… what? When you think of industries laying traps for potential predatory and purloining practices, it’s unlikely you would assume the people who compile dictionaries are on the lookout for thieves. But they are. Just like any form of plagiarism, taking an idea that is not your own and…

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Rolling in the Big Bucks! (Just Kidding) A Snapshot of Academic Salaries

Over the past several months, there has been much talk about how teachers make a heck of a lot of money. I read and listened to several of these reports as I waited for the water to boil for my ramen noodles. This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education released data showing the average salaries…

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

This past Saturday, the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced.  Among the finalists are  Johnathan Franzen for Freedom and Siddhartha Mukharjee for The Emperor of All Maladies. Along with the Pulitzer Prize (2010 winner, Tinkers by Paul Harding) and the Man Booker Prize (2010 winner, The Finkler Question by Harold Jacobson), the NBCC…

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We Must Obarmate Against the Loss of Words…To Let Them Go Would be Venalia

Adopt a word. Save our language. Why save a word? Well, as the website savethewords.org argues, “90% of everything we write is communicated by only 7,000 words,” yet there are “old words, wise words, [and] hard-working words…that once led meaningful lives [but] now lie, unused, unloved, and unwanted.” The site draws you in with a…

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