James Harbeck is a professional word taster and sentence sommelier (an editor trained in linguistics). He is the author of the blog Sesquiotica and the book Songs of Love and Grammar.
Dashes and hyphens: A comprehensive guide
The new rules of CaPiTaLiZaTiOn
The curious case of people who can't stop speaking in foreign accents
What's not to like about 'like'?
How the world's languages handle thorny gender issues
Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.
Why so strangely Yoda speaks?
How 'thoughts and prayers' became the stock phrase of tragedies
11 band names that don't mean what you think they do
A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH