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Ben Zimmer
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language columnist, linguist, lexicographer, word nerd
language columnist, linguist, lexicographer, word nerd

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My new +Wall Street Journal column looks at the terminological growing pains of the self-driving car industry. http://bit.ly/autopilotbz

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My latest +Wall Street Journal column is the Greatest Of All Time! On the history of the acronym #GOAT, trending with the #Olympics. http://bit.ly/greatgoat

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"Encryption" is in the news thanks to Apple/FBI battle. I look at the term's cryptic roots in my latest WSJ column.

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The "grand slam" of tennis, baseball, and other sports goes back to bridge and older card games. My latest for the +Wall Street Journal: http://bit.ly/grandslambz

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It's that time of year when Hollywood rolls out "tentpole" movies. But how did they get that name? My new column for the +Wall Street Journal​: http://bit.ly/tentpole

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On the 60th anniversary of the Bandung conference, I take a look at the rise and fall of the term "Third World" for the +Wall Street Journalhttp://bit.ly/3rdworldbz

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If you opt your kids out from standardized testing, are you an opt-outer, opter-out, or opter-outer? My latest for the +Wall Street Journalhttp://bit.ly/optoutbz 

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Hillary Clinton is the latest in a long line of politicians to appeal to "everyday Americans." My latest for the +Wall Street Journalhttp://bit.ly/everydaybz

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If even the copy editors are relenting on singular "they," has its time finally come? My latest for The +Wall Street Journal: http://bit.ly/theybz

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The "glass ceiling," much in the news with Ellen Pao, may go back to Hewlett-Packard in the late '70s. My latest for the +Wall Street Journal​: http://bit.ly/glassbz
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