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Whassup, citizens! The new, overly friendly political speech. (June 3, 2012) http://b.globe.com/whassup

Whassup, citizens! The new, overly friendly political speech. (June 3, 2012) http://b.globe.com/whassup

'Meh' generation. How an expression of apathy invaded America. (Feb. 26, 2012) http://b.globe.com/mehgeneration

'Meh' generation. How an expression of apathy invaded America. (Feb. 26, 2012) http://b.globe.com/mehgeneration

+1'tastic. When a number becomes a word.  (July 31, 2011) http://bo.st/1tastic

+1'tastic. When a number becomes a word. (July 31, 2011) http://bo.st/1tastic

How did ‘Monday’ become a racist slur? A Leominster police officer’s coded insult opens up a world of regular words used for ill. (July 29, 2012) http://b.globe.com/mondaybz

How did ‘Monday’ become a racist slur? A Leominster police officer’s coded insult opens up a world of regular words used for ill. (July 29, 2012) http://b.globe.com/mondaybz

What would the Dowager Countess say? For Downton fans, linguistic gotcha is a delight. (Feb. 12, 2012) http://b.globe.com/downtonzimmer

What would the Dowager Countess say? For Downton fans, linguistic gotcha is a delight. (Feb. 12, 2012) http://b.globe.com/downtonzimmer

At this year’s spelling bee, make way for meaning. Why is spelling showbiz while vocabulary is homework? (Apr. 28, 2013) http://b.globe.com/spellbz

At this year’s spelling bee, make way for meaning. Why is spelling showbiz while vocabulary is homework? (Apr. 28, 2013) http://b.globe.com/spellbz

And 2012′s word of the year is… Presenting the fast, fun, and careless coinages of 2012. (Dec. 16, 2012) http://b.globe.com/woty12bz

And 2012′s word of the year is… Presenting the fast, fun, and careless coinages of 2012. (Dec. 16, 2012) http://b.globe.com/woty12bz

English Teacher Zone sign   (This should not be something that only English teachers can do, though.  If more teachers gave a damn, fewer students would think that good grammar is only relevant in English class.)

English Teacher Zone sign (This should not be something that only English teachers can do, though. If more teachers gave a damn, fewer students would think that good grammar is only relevant in English class.)

How Twitter language reveals your gender — or your friends’. Social media is giving linguists new insight into how speech varies. (Nov. 4, 2012) http://b.globe.com/twgender

How Twitter language reveals your gender — or your friends’. Social media is giving linguists new insight into how speech varies. (Nov. 4, 2012) http://b.globe.com/twgender

A pahticulah way of talking. In a new book, 17th-century Massachusetts speech comes alive. (Jan. 29, 2012) http://b.globe.com/baileybz

A pahticulah way of talking. In a new book, 17th-century Massachusetts speech comes alive. (Jan. 29, 2012) http://b.globe.com/baileybz

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