This week we discuss the meaning of the word “theory,” which was recently reported on by Carl Zimmer in The New York Times.
This week we discuss a kind of error known as an eggcorn. The term was coined by Geoffrey Pullum, who explains. After that, Paul Brians runs down some examples from Common Errors in English Usage.
The Eggcorn Database
Egg corns: folk etymology, malapropism, mondegreen, ???
Far from the Madding Gerund (and other dispatches from Language Log)
Browse other books by Geoffrey Pullum
Some examples from Common Errors in English Usage
“So wrong, it’s right,” by Jan Freeman
“Bu?? naked,” Language Log post by Mark Liberman
This week the topic is tech terms worth knowing, including some of the recent history of technology and how language has been affected by it.
What do others say about this? That’s easy: Google it! And while you’re at it, decide whether you think “Google” is capitalized when used as a verb.