Episode 15: Ben Zimmer


That Word Chat welcomes Ben Zimmer, a linguist and lexicographer with inky fingers in many places, including The Wall Street Journal and multiple word-related websites. His website bio describes him as "an all-around word nut."


He has also written for or appeared on The Atlantic, The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Slate, the Today Show and the BBC, among many others. Recent ventures include a Sunday crossword in the The New York Times and the website Beyond Wordplay, which bills itself as exploring "the art, science, and culture of words."


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Episode 2 coming to YouTube


We are rolling out recorded episodes every two weeks on YouTube, and our next premiere is Episode 2, our talk with Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper from way back in April. Look for new premieres every two weeks at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays when there is no new espisode on Zoom.


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All the episodes

Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris

Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper

Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower (with special guest Colleen Newvine)

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer

Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Richmond

Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly

Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad

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