Oxford English Dictionary
Jan 24, 2014 — The Oxford English Dictionary is at work on a monumental third edition. Why? We didn't have the OED before the 1850s. Is it so unthinkable that we should do without it going forward? What are dictionaries for, anyway? Alva NoŽ wonders.
Jan 22, 2014 — Also: Finalists announced for the Costa prize; Greg Mortenson on Three Cups of Tea; Ben Marcus on why he loves Kafka.
Nov 19, 2013 — Also: Behind the scenes at the Oxford English Dictionary; Lore Segal on writing; Adelle Waldman on the "marriage plot."
Jul 31, 2013 — Also: an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's upcoming novella; a plea from the OED; a new short story from Adam Johnson.
Oct 24, 2011 — The word "decimate" is often used to describe the complete ruin of something, but one listener correctly points out the word's original military meaning is different.
Mar 25, 2011 — Wassup has made it in too. But hasn't it already disappeared from use? Wassup with that?