May 4, 2010 — Merde Encore is a pleasure so guilty that even the author, Genevieve, does not divulge her last name. And though Firoozeh Dumas keeps it hidden in the back of her shelf, she nevertheless finds it handy for learning to speak French the way a textbook would never teach her.
Dec 2, 2008 — LOL. OMG. BRB. Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into colloquial English. In his new book, Txtng, David Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels.
Jul 3, 2008 — Like most things that happen in the bedroom, the collection of essays found in Dirty Words is fun, naughty and totally inappropriate for the eyes of children.
Feb 7, 2008 — Randall Kennedy talks about the history of the term "sellout" — when the word can be used and why the label has been used to chastise him. Kennedy's newest book is Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal.
Oct 25, 2006 — What's a "blurker"? Or a "pavement princess"? Or a "plokta"? What does "peeps" mean? Writer Paul Dickson knows. A confessed addict to collecting and identifying slang words, Dickson has written a new and updated dictionary of American slang.
Oct 5, 2004 — We talk with editor of The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang about defining this year's political buzz words.