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Attended Princeton University
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Turn, Episode 1
Ben Zimmer suggests I run the new AMC Revolutionary War drama "Turn" through the machine, pointing me to this article by historian Carolyn Eastman about their efforts for veracity , including this bit on pronunciation: And on the topic of language, the crea...
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Shipping maps and how states see
A map I put up a year and a half ago went viral this winter; it shows the paths taken by ships in the US Maury collection of the ICOADS  database. I've had several requests for higher-quality versions: I had some up already, but I  just put up on Flickr a b...
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Masters of Sex: special New Yorker Edition
Hendrik Hertzberg's column in the New Yorker today about Showtime's Masters of Sex left me worried that I have failed to be the change I wish to see in the world. He concludes a long and excellent (if rather old-school Safirean) rant on anachronisms in the ...
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Because I'm old and I admired the original for many years. And snobbish adoration of originals over remakes, even good ones.

If you've got time to do both, I'll be eager to see the results.
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Foyle's War: a sampling
Lots of traffic coming in from the Guardian's article on words that sound like anachronisms but aren't  this morning. (For the missing term, I tentatively venture "fauxchronisms;" and no, I have no idea how to track them computationally.) To give all the Br...
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Biblio bizarre: who publishes in Google Books
Here's a little irony I've been meaning to post. Large scale book digitization makes tools like Ngrams possible; but it also makes tools like Ngrams meaningless, because it changes what a "book" is in ways that makes the selection criteria for Ngrams—if it ...
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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave has just won quite a few Oscars, including one for John Ridley for best adapted screenplay. I put a lot of work into checking Lincoln last year, and 12 Years deserves at least the same. In fact, it's a shame that Ridley hasn't gotten anywhe...
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Downton Abbey, Season 4
This season of Downton Abbey, like the earlier ones,  has its share of anachronisms. The full list is quite long, and I haven't been doing weekly writeups this year; but in order of statistical unlikelihood, here are some of the worst and most interesting p...
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Foyle's War: a sampling
Lots of traffic coming in from the Guardian's article on words that sound like anachronisms but aren't  this morning. (For the missing term, I tentatively venture "fauxchronisms;" and no, I have no idea how to track them computationally.) To give all the Br...
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Are you looking at 'Peaky Blinders'?
Noticed a rather rude expresion come by a few episodes ago that appears to have not had that meaning till the 1950s (the tv show takes place in 1919).
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Foyle's War: a sampling
Lots of traffic coming in from the Guardian this morning, so to give all the Brits out there something new I'll dig up a half-completed post from the hopper. Apologies for the incompleteness; I haven't had quite as much anachronism time in the last few mont...
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Historian and Digital Humanist
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  • Northeastern University
    Assistant Professor of History, 2013 - present
  • Harvard University
    Visiting Fellow, 2011 - 2013
  • Princeton University
    Graduate Student, 2005 - 2011
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Assistant professor of history at Northeastern University
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    History, 2013
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